Why be a Mentee?
Many successful people credit one or more mentors who made a big difference in helping them succeed. A mentor is someone who has a genuine interest in helping another person improve specific skills and develop as a person. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for everyone involved.
Hope for Tomorrow mentors young teens during a challenging time in their lives when they are struggling to discover who they are and how they fit in the world. It has been shown that mentoring is a powerful component in directing teens toward positive and healthy choices. Some of the benefits of mentoring youth are defined on the website Find Youth Info and include:
- Increased high school graduation rates and lower high school dropout rates
- Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
- Better attitude about school
- Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
- Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
- Improved behavior, both at home and at school
- Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
- Improved interpersonal skills
- Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use (MENTOR, 2009; Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller, & Rhodes, 2009)
If you are interested in becoming a mentee, or are the parent of a child interested in being a mentee, first see if there is a chapter at your child's school. Next, get in touch with the chapter lead through the Contact Us page for more information on getting your child involved at their school.