Why is Mentoring Important?

Mentoring is a powerful way of lending support to a young person by teaching skills, listening to their perspectives and creating a sense of belonging. Research tells us that, over time, consistent interaction with a mentor increases the likelihood that a child or youth will complete high school and experience success in life.

The strong relationships between mentors and youth improve academic performance, behaviour, and attitudes toward school. Mentoring helps improve peer and family rela- tionships, and helps Alberta’s youth develop the confidence, self-esteem and social skills they need to be productive members of society.

Spending as little has an hour a week with a young person can make a difference in their life…and yours.