Why we serve: Community Need & Impact.
Why do kids need mentors?
Mentoring, at is core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.
Community Need: 1 in 3 young people need a mentor.
More than 1 in 3 young people, an estimated 16 million nationally, need an adult mentor. This includes 9 million at-risk youth who need mentors to help them reach their full potential. However, due to a lack of volunteers, there are still many students waiting for formal mentoring relationships.
Jackson County Statistics: Georgia Kids Count 2011-2015 ( Georgia Family Connection)
17.8% of our students are living in poverty in Jackson County
22.5% living with a single parent
22.4% are affected by child abuse or neglect
1 in 8 teens have thoughts of suicide
Since 2008, over 200 community volunteers serve students each year as mentors in local public schools as a part ofLegacy Youth Mentoring. You too can make a positive impact on a child’s life! Join our ranks as a mentor by filling out the volunteer application form here.
Strengths of Legacy Youth Mentoring
- Our mentor retention rate for a 12 month mentor/mentee match is 85%, well above the national average.
- Our mentors and mentees make a strong impact on each other’s lives and learn and grow from the mentoring process.
- Partnerships with local schools allow us to meet a wide variety of specific needs through youth mentoring. Students are selected upon referral of school counselor, teachers, or parental/guardian request.
- School partnerships help us provide a comfortable and safe environment for mentoring ( both for mentor and mentee)
Positive Outcomes for Children/Youth with Mentors
- better attitudes toward academics and increased confidence in school ability
- 55% more likely to enroll in college
- aspire to enroll in and graduate from college
- higher achievement/academic performance
- more likely to engage in sports or extracurricular activities
- 130% more likely to hold a leadership position in a club, sports team, school council, or another group
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
- 90% are interested in becoming a mentor
- stronger peer support and connection
- stronger relationships with adults, including teachers and peers
- higher self-esteem
Leading a Productive Life:
- better employment outcomes
- increased college completion rates
- decrease in school-related misconduct
- reduction of absenteeism
- decrease in truancy
- more likely to avoid drug and alcohol use
- decreased juvenile justice issues
- decreased bullying
- lower school dropout rates
(Bruce & Bridgeland, 2014)
The Longer Mentoring Relationships Last, the Greater the Positive Outcomes for Youth
- “After an average of 10 months of mentoring, mentored youth fared better than those without mentors in emotional/psychological well-being, social relationships, academic attitudes, and self-reported grades.”
- “After 13 months of mentoring, youth also displayed greater acceptance by their peers, and more positive beliefs about their ability to succeed in school, and achieve better grades in school. Overall, mentored youth were more likely to show improvement on multiple social, emotional, and academic levels.”
- The research shows that the longer a mentoring relationship lasts, the greater the positive outcomes, and the more lasting the benefits are for young people. The most benefits are apparent when the relationship lasts for one year or more.
(Bruce & Bridgeland, 2014)
Bruce, M., Bridgeland, J., Civic, E., Hart (Peter D.) Research Associates, I. D., &
MENTOR/National Mentoring, P. (2014). The Mentoring Effect: Young People's
Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring. A Report for Mentor:
The National Mentoring Partnership. Civic Enterprises.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Wondering how to help?
Below are some practical ways to help us close the mentoring gap in Jackson county, georgia.
We need you! Even though we have a growing base of committed mentors we have over 100 students on a waiting list to receive a mentor. You'll need to attend ONE training session which will last 1hour 15min & you'll work with ONE mentee for 30 minutes each week during the school year. Many mentors say they get more out of mentoring than what they give!
Our mentors are invaluable and we could never put a monetary value on the work they do! Legacy Youth Mentoring can support ONE mentor/mentee match for approximately $250 each year which is considerably lower than the national average of $1000 per match. We are able to fund in this manner because of our volunteer mentors, school partnerships and business community partnerships.
Please share this opportunity and our website with others. This is how we can inspire lives and serve more kids!