Sponsor a Mentor
Mentoring organizations are a key player in the United Way Community Impact Partnership network through the Kids on Track initiative. Kids on Track is committed to empowering youth to achieve early grade literacy, to stay in school, and to graduate on time.
United Way knows that a critical indicator of youth success is access to positive adult role models, especially for at-risk youth.
Children being raised in poverty are at an acute risk for challenging behaviors, lack of exposure for post-high school opportunities, and fewer opportunities to develop life skills. The mentoring that Partners provides elevates our community and plays an important role in supporting kids and families.
Kids who have mentoring supports are:
- 55% more likely to enroll in college. (www.mentoring.org)
- We know that in order to break the cycle of poverty, being prepared and qualified to enter the workforce opens more opportunities to earn a living wage. Enrolling in college can be a critical first step in post-secondary success.
- 90% are interested in becoming a mentor. (www.mentoring.org)
- Anecdotally, we have heard that volunteers who have lived similar experiences to their mentees create strong bonds and build trust more quickly as a mentor. When mentees become mentors, they are paying it forward in ways that have significant impacts.
Mentoring directly contributes to United Way’s goals that by 2025, the school attendance rate for students will be at least 92% and the number of students graduating from high school will be at least 88% in Larimer County:
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
United Way is committed to building a thriving community, where everyone has the opportunity to build a better life. This starts when we invest in our youth to create positive experiences that ripple out into their families, peers, and workforce:
- Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
The need for mentoring in Larimer County is great and its impacts are significant.