SUMMARY OF THE SHOW
1 in 3 young people will grow up without a mentor.
Today, 8.5 million youth continue to lack supportive, sustained relationships with caring adults.
We understand the benefits of mentoring young people when we hear the powerful stories of teens whose lives have been changed by a single, caring adult. If you listen, those stories are everywhere.
Mentoring relationships can be formal or informal with substantial variation, but the essential components include creating caring, empathetic, consistent, and long-lasting relationships, often with some combination of role modeling, teaching, and advising.
Mentors become more than just a friend – as they provide an atmosphere of family and a feeling of belonging that all kids search for. With this, kids are able to better understand how bad choices will affect them negatively in the future, and how relationships with dangerous people can lead them down a destructive path.
These mentoring programs have succeeded so well in schools and communities across the country that they are also being considered and used where the juvenile justice system is concerned. Other options for juvenile offenders are adult courts and boot camps, but research has shown that mentoring programs, over the long-run, provide better outcomes than any of the other options for these juvenile offenders.
Those in the juvenile justice system believe that the juvenile offenders have been failed by both their schools and their communities when they turn to crime, drugs, and violence.