Did you know that one in three young people — an estimated 16 million — have never had an adult mentor of any kind while growing up?
This includes an estimated 9 million at-risk youth who are less likely to go on to graduate high school and go onto college. However, similar young adults who have a mentor are more likely to aspire to graduate high school and enroll in college (76 percent vs. 56 percent). Youth with mentors are also more likely to be involved in extracurricular activities and have a leadership position in their communities.
These are just some of the findings that have come from a new, first-of-its kind report commissioned by MENTOR, with support from AT&T. The report releases survey results on the linkage between mentoring and significant positive life outcomes. For even more reasons on why mentoring works, check out these infographics from National Mentoring Month!
This report and its findings emphasize the significance of mentoring from our AT&T employees by sharing life skills and career readiness with students across the country. Through Aspire Mentoring Academy, AT&T employees have committed to one million hours of mentoring by the end of 2016. This report also highlights how important it is for even more of us to step up to become a mentor in a student’s life – and have the potential for positive change in the course of their future!
Read more about the MENTOR report in a post on the Education Week College Bound Blog.