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Be The One ... to Mentor

The Be the One Mentoring Coalition is a collaborative effort to promote mentoring of youth in Thurston and Mason Counties. The Coalition is a group of agencies who are united in an effort to recruit and support volunteers, raise awareness about the need for mentors, and to convey the benefits that mentoring programs provide to the community.

What is a Mentor?

A mentor is a caring, adult friend who devotes time to a young person with a commitment to provide guidance and support for the mentee to develop their fullest potential based on their vision for the future.

Expected Benefits

Adolescents is a time of risk and opportunity. During the critical transition to adulthood, youth are learning skills, attitudes, and behaviors that will affect their lifelong ability to lead productive and healthy lives. Many adolescents have negative feelings about themselves, have poor performance in school, problems at home, and frequently engage in risk-taking behaviors.

Whether in formal, structured mentoring programs or in relationships formed through informal family, church, or neighborhood connections, mentors are helping youth overcome these problems and be successful. Typical results include:

  • Improved school achievement
  • Increase in self-esteem
  • Decrease in discipline referrals
  • Increase in securing entry-level jobs
  • Increased graduation rates
  • Increased school attendance
  • Decrease in early pregnancy rates
  • Increase in community service activities

Impact of Mentoring

The Commonwealth Fund's survey (McLearn, Colasanto, and Schoen, 1998) reported the following:

  • 62% of students improved their self-esteem
  • 52% of students skipped less school
  • 48% of students improved their grades
  • 49% of students got into less trouble in school
  • 47% of students got into less trouble out of school
  • 45% of students reduced their substance abuse
  • 35% of students improved family relationships

In addition to the benefits that youth receive, 97% of those surveyed say their experience was somewhat or very positive; 83% say they learned or gained something through the experience.

To see the complete study, click here.


More than 200,000 Washington children could benefit from having a caring adult in their life.                                                                                             Source: Washington State Mentors

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