Mentoring During COVID-19
Mentoring is more important now than ever. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many young people are experiencing social disconnection and higher levels of trauma. These effects have been felt disproportionately by communities of color and other underserved populations, as well as those already living in poverty. Across the state, with the support of their programs, mentees and mentors are staying connected, providing a source of stability and guidance amidst the uncertainty.
Based on MENTOR Vermont’s survey of youth mentees in the summer of 2020…
- 85% said that “during the pandemic, my mentor was someone I could depend on to be there for me.”
- 85% said that “my mentor provides a [space] where I can share my feelings and experiences related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
- 74% said that “my relationship with my mentor has made me feel less alone during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Supporting Young People in Vermont
Mentors play a positive role in helping their mentees have new experiences and explore their strengths and interests. Having a caring adult mentor in their life can help a youth gain confidence, develop new skills, and feel more connected to their school and community. Mentors can also encourage their mentees to engage in their schoolwork and think critically about what they want to do after high school.
Did You Know?
- 86.5% of mentees in Vermont reported that “having a mentor has made a difference in [their] life.”
- In Vermont, 86.6% of mentors reported playing one or more direct role in their mentee’s education:
- “[talking] with them about the importance of school,”
- “[helping] them with their homework,”
- “[communicating] with their teacher or guidance counselor,”
- “[talking] with them about their options after high school,” or
- mentoring in a “program [that] has an educational component.”
- 95.9% of Vermont mentors say they “would recommend becoming a mentor to a friend, family member, or colleague.”