MAKE A DIFFERENCE – BE A MENTOR!
With a couple hours a week and a caring heart, you too can be a mentor. Right now, there are children in our community waiting for someone like you to listen, guide and share with them your life experience. The need is great and the time to be involved is now.
Mentors help keep students in school.
Students who meet regular with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.
Mentors improve a young person’s self-esteem.
Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. About 40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spend free time.
Mentors help young people set career goals and take steps to realize them.
Mentors introduce young people to professional resources and organizations they may not know; and they can help their mentees learn how to seek and keep jobs.
Learn more about the value of mentoring.
* Outcomes provided by National Mentoring Partnership.
If you operate a mentoring program, join Mentoring Matters!
United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Mentoring Matters initiative seeks to increase the number of mentors and improve the effectiveness of mentoring programs in the Greater Greensboro area.
By establishing a “Hub for Excellence”, mentoring programs in our community will work together to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for youth. The Hub will also identify and encourage the use of common measures that are proven to be mentoring best practices.
For more information about Mentoring Matters, contact:
Traci McLemore, Manager, United Way Community Impact Intiatives
Meet our Hub of Excellence Partners
African American Male Initiative
Communities in Schools of Greater Greensboro
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Piedmont
YMCA of Greensboro
Foster Grandparents Program
Senior Resources of Guilford County
Teen Parent Mentor Program