Research has found that children from disadvantaged backgrounds who end up thriving in adulthood often cite caring nonfamilial adults or, “natural mentors,” as a main source of support. Programs like Camino Scholars that connect these youth with caring, and trained, adults are likely to be beneficial academically, behaviorally and socially. For every dollar invested in a quality mentoring program, yields a $3 return in benefits at minimum.
- 51% of at-risk young adults with a mentor are more likely to hold a leadership position in a club, sports team, school council, or another group
- 67% of at-risk young adults with a mentor are more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities
- 76% of at-risk young adults who had a mentor aspire to enroll in and graduate from college