Did you know that youth with mentors are more likely to pursue healthy lifestyles as adults? With exercise and healthier choices being the most common New Year’s Resolutions for adults, January is an ideal time to learn about the benefits of mentoring and to give back as a volunteer.
According to Boston Consulting Group research, mentoring has a clear, positive effect on a young person’s life trajectory.
92% of Big Brothers Big Sisters alumni feel more confident
80% go on to pursue healthy lifestyles
81% report stronger financial literacy
Mentoring is a critical factor enabling young people to achieve more – no matter what adversities they face. In fact, Harvard research shows that every single child who does well despite hardship has a stable relationship with a supportive adult.
With one in five Canadian children living in poverty, and approximately 1.2 million youth affected by mental health concerns, the need for a mentor is greater than ever. While mentors across the gender spectrum are needed, the demand for male volunteers is especially high. Volunteering for only one hour a week can change the course of a young life.