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We are always seeking caring individuals who want to support our youth. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please complete a Mentor Application.
Is Mentoring Effective?
Research conducted by Sarah Schwartz, Jean Rhodes, Renee Spencer, and Jean Grossman on the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program, found on a 21-month follow-up, previous cadets who were meeting regularly with their mentor (74% of participants) showed benefits in terms of educational attainment and engagement in meaningful activity, whereas the remaining NGYC participants showed no significant differences from the control group. At a 38-month follow-up point, the NGYC participants who were still in contact with their mentors (56%) had significant benefits compared to the control group in a range of academic, vocational, and behavior outcomes.1 These preliminary findings suggest that ongoing contact with a mentor in the post-residential phase was instrumental in helping the NGYC outcomes really stick.
1 Schwartz, S., Rhodes, J., Spencer, R., & Grossman, J. (2013) Youth initiated mentoring: Investigating a new approach to working with vulnerable adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52(1-2), pp.155-69.