The Need for Mentors
What if every child in Whatcom and Skagit Counties had all of the support and guidance they needed to graduate high school? Avoid drug and alcohol abuse? Apply for and achieve the career of their dreams? Consider the impact that would have, both on the children and the community. Of the children enrolled in our programs, 82% live in low income families, and 68% live in single parent households. By mentoring a child you are providing fresh perspectives, supporting positive self-esteem, and being a role model for vulnerable children in our community.
bigger than yourself.
Mentoring leaves a positive lasting impact on the life of the mentored child, giving them a chance to avoid a lot of life’s many pitfalls like drinking, drugs, gangs and dropping out of school. When compared to their non-mentored counterparts, children with mentors are:
- 33% less likely to use violence to solve a problem.
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs.
- 52% less likely to skip school.
- 97% less likely to become involved with the juvenile authorities.
- 87% more likely to graduate high school.
- 75% more likely to receive a college degree.