Quality mentoring can have a drastic impact on a child’s life, including better student attendance, lower dropout rate, and decreased involvement with drugs and violence.* In contrast, having a mentor for less than one year can be detrimental to a child. For this reason, we require that all of our mentors sign a one-year contract, although our typical mentoring relationship lasts an average of four years.
Each Horizons for Youth child is paired with an individual Big Sibling mentor for the duration of his or her participation in our program. The mentor pairs meet twice each month–once at one of our scheduled Monthly Enrichment Outings, and once at a one-on-one meeting, organized by the mentor.
If you are interested in becoming a Big Sibling Mentor, please click on the Complete Mentor Application button below. Our Volunteer Manager, Mick, can answer your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Search Institute (2014). Developmental relationships: A research update from Search Institute. Retrieved from: www.search-institute.org.
Payton, J., Weissberg, R.P., Durlak, J.A., Dymnicki, A.B., Taylor, R.D., Schellinger, K.B., & Pachan, M. (2008). The positive impact of social and emotional learning for kindergarten to eighth-grade students: Findings from three scientific reviews. Chicago, IL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.
Search Institute (2014). Developmental relationships: A research update from Search Institute. Retrieved from: www.search-institute.org.
O’Connor, R. (2005). Mentoring In America 2005: A Snapshot of The Current State of Mentoring. Retrieved from http://www. mentoring.org/downloads/mentoring_523.pdf