Mentoring can help youth as they go through challenging life transitions, including dealing with stressful changes at home or transiting to adulthood. Close, healthy, supportive relationships between mentors and mentees that last for a significant portion of time are central to success.
Mentoring is often one component of a programme that involves other elements, such
as tutoring or life skills training and coaching. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term, and contribute to a host of benefits for both mentors and mentees.
Benefits for Youth
Benefits for Mentors
Mentoring relationships are a shared responsibility for learning and growth. Many mentors would agree that the rewards they gain are substantial as those for their mentees, and that mentoring has enabled them to:
Above all, a good mentor is willing to take the time to get to know his/her mentee, to learn new things that are important to the young person, and even to be changed by their relationship.
Source: Youth.GOV is the U.S. government website that helps to create, maintain and strengthen effective youth programmes.