Mentor Pride

The Need

A 2013 Youth Outcomes Survey (YOS) report reflects across-the-board gains for youth a year after being in a one-to-one mentoring relationship, as well as compared to their peers who do not have mentors — with middle-school aged mentees outperforming their unmatched counterparts in every area measured. The largest differences for the mentees when compared to unmatched youth were in the areas of social acceptance; which research ties to grade retention, school engagement, and perceived scholastic competence; a measure linked to grades and test scores. When compared to their own well-being before they were matched with mentors, a large majority of mentees demonstrated improvement or maintenance across six of the seven outcomes areas surveyed. In addition to social acceptance and scholastic competence, the areas surveyed included: having a special non-parental adult relationship, educational expectations, academic performance, attitudes towards risky behaviors, and parental trust.



For youth enrolled in community-based, one-to-one mentoring program:

  • 94 percent maintained or improved in their attitudes towards risky behaviors
  • 88 percent maintained or improved in parental trust
  • 85 percent maintained or improved in their educational expectation
  • 83 percent maintained or improved in scholastic competence and
  • 83 percent maintained or improved in social acceptance.


With community-based mentees, 64 percent maintained or improved in six of seven of the outcomes areas after 12 months of mentoring. The YOS report suggests across the spectrum of areas measured, positive gains also remained at the two-year mark for youth who continue to be enrolled in the program, with additional gains in social acceptance.