Mentoring is a long term relationship where the focus is on supporting the growth and development of the mentee. The mentor is a source of wisdom, teaching, and support, but not someone who observes and advises on specific actions or behavioral changes in daily life.
A recent Search Institute study in a major US city showed that 40% of young people say they have just one or no developmental relationships in their lives. This may be even greater for youth from marginalized communities.
Mentoring is incredibly valuable in providing developmental support., offering high-level guidance for the long-term development of mentee.
Mentees acquire and refine thinking skills, become more receptive to establishing values akin to significant adults in their life, accept advice and guidance, and reshape perspectives that affect their trajectory. Mentoring relationships improve perceptions of healthy parental and family relationships as well as relationships with peers and other adults in their social and academic networks.