In honor of National Mentoring Month, Communities In Schools' President and CEO Dale Erquiaga and MENTOR's CEO David Shapiro discuss how mentoring is one of the most effective ways to ensure that students succeed in an OpEd published by The Christian Science Monitor.
"As the leaders of two national nonprofits, we understand the difficult choices those in the government sector and private sector must make when the needs are many and the dollars are few. Investing in mentoring, though, makes fiscal sense, too. Mentoring helps to minimize the number of negative and costly interventions while providing substantial societal benefits. The investment required of us individually is a bit of time, but the payoff continues for generations," said Erquiaga and Shapiro.
"Mentors across the country — whether teachers, community volunteers, neighbors or family members — provide support, guidance and nurturing. We open young people's minds and eyes to new opportunities. Mentoring helps us effect change in our communities rather than waiting on legislators to pave the way. And it leads to a shared purpose that is so desperately needed in these divisive times."
The two nonprofit leaders go on to discuss the impact of mentoring in America. With a mentor in their lives, at-risk youth are 52 percent less likely than their peers to skip a day of school, 55 percent more likely to enroll in college, 46 percent less likely than their peers to start using drugs, 78 percent more likely to volunteer regularly in their community and 81 percent more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
Read more from Erquiaga and Shapiro here.