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 2022 survey results…
- 91% of mentees said that “My mentor makes me feel like I matter.”
- 89% of mentees said that “Having a mentor has made a positive difference in my life.”
- 97% of mentors said that “I would recommend being a mentor to a friend.”
- 95% of mentors said that “Having a mentee has made a positive difference in my life.”
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.
Young Adults With a Mentor Are…
- 55% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
- 90% are interested in becoming a mentor
- 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.
Mentoring provides meaningful connections that impact the people involved and influence their lives at home, at work, and in their communities. For those who are being mentored, it is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects. For those who are mentoring, the relationship can build leadership and management skills, expand a mentor’s professional network, and provide an empowering opportunity to give back to the community.