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.