January is National Mentoring Month

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National Mentoring Month is a time to focus national attention on the importance of mentors, and to reflect on how each of us — individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits — can help grow the mentoring movement and the positive effects it has on young people.


Research shows that mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like drug use. In turn, these young people are:

–55% more likely to be enrolled in college

–81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.

–78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.

–More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.


Yet, the same research shows that one in three young people in our country will grow up without a mentor. That's why teen programs at the Y are so important. To learn more about our Achievers, Teen Leaders and Y Leaders, visit our Teens page.