Mentoring has the power to change lives. A recent survey of Oklahoma mentoring programs conducted by the Boren Mentoring Initiative found that the most common positive outcomes of programs surveyed included improved academic performance, healthier relationships with others, improved behavior and increased self-esteem.
The following sources provide helpful data on the impact and value of youth mentoring programs.
- The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring – A national online source for sharing new findings and ideas about youth mentoring. The goal of the Chronicle is to encourage active dialogue around evidence-based practice in youth mentoring in ways that improve the practice of youth mentoring. The site includes Mentoring U Podcasts on a variety of research-related topics.
- The Mentoring Effect: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring, the first-ever nationally representative survey of young people on the topic of mentoring, examines the mentoring effect on youth, their aspirations and achievements and the community around them. Commissioned by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership with support from AT&T, the report also highlights a substantial mentoring gap that exists in America, especially for at-risk youth.
- The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles presents findings from the first large-scale study to examine how the levels and types of risk youth face may influence their relationships with program-assigned mentors and the benefits they derive from these relationships. Among the findings, researchers found that the strongest benefit of mentoring was a reduction in symptoms of depression, particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported high levels of depressive symptoms. The 2013 report is a Public/Private Ventures Project funded by the Gates Foundation.
- Study of Oklahoma Youth Mentoring Programs, prepared for the Boren Mentoring Initiative by RVA LLC Market Research and Consulting, 2014. The survey provides a snapshot of program characteristics and demographics as well as outcomes and challenges for youth mentoring in Oklahoma.