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Mentoring works miracles, even in the most challenged young people’s lives. The research on mentoring shows that when structured well, mentoring is a simple, low-cost solution to the massive social problems ruining young people’s lives in poor communities coast to coast. 

Benefits for youth:

  • Increased high school graduation rates
  • Lower high school dropout rates
  • Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
  • Better attitude about school
  • Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved behavior, both at home and at school
  • Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use  

(MENTOR, 2009; Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller, & Rhodes, 2009

Benefits for mentors:

  • Increased self-esteem
  • A sense of accomplishment
  • Creation of networks of volunteers
  • Insight into childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood
  • Increased patience and improved supervisory skills 

(U.S. Department of Labor, n.d.)


The Atlanta CARES Mentoring Movement is committed to salvage the lives of our youth through mentoring. We are recruiting mentors to save a generation.

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