Hope for a New Generation Mentoring Program empowers youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their true potential. The mentoring program uses adult and peer volunteers to commit, supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person consistently for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the social network of peers, adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals
The objectives of this initiative are to:
Studies conducted on mentoring programs designed for the average youth resulted in children being significantly less likely to begin using drugs or alcohol, skip school, or engage in violence than their peers (Sipe, 1996). Jekielek et al., in 2002, in a review of existing literature, concluded that mentoring leads to better attitudes toward school, fewer absences, reductions in aggressive behavior, less drug and alcohol abuse, improved relationships with parents, and an increased likelihood of going to college. The development of better relationships with their families and other adults has also been found to be a result of successful mentoring (Rhodes et al., 2005).
Research even more pertinent to children of prisoners was conducted by DuBois et al., in which a meta-analysis of 55 mentoring programs found that while mentoring programs provided only modest beneﬁt to average youth, they were more effective with “high-risk” groups. (DuBois et al., 2002). These findings were supported in a later study by Bauldrey (2006), in which it was found that mentoring may provide some protection against depression among high-risk youth.