MENTOR Launches North Carolina Affiliate to Expand Youth Mentoring and Drive Equity Through Relationships

Raleigh, North Carolina, April 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Research and experience show the power of mentoring to build bridges, break down “otherness” and create lasting, meaningful relationships. Yet one in three young people grow up without a mentor outside their family to help them develop, access opportunities, and thrive. People and organizations across North Carolina will now have a key resource to help close that mentoring gap with the launch of MENTOR North Carolina.

An Affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), MENTOR North Carolina joins more than two dozen MENTOR Affiliates across the country with its official launch on April 10 at an event hosted by the North Carolina Executive Residence.  MENTOR North Carolina aims to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships, support existing mentoring programs and new initiatives to improve quality, effectiveness and scale, as well as bring together stakeholders to expand local engagement, supportive policies, and investment in youth mentoring.

Research shows that mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, stay in school, and engage in their communities. A study proved that, with a mentor, youth are:

  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college
  • 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities

MENTOR North Carolina will be a unifying hub for those programs and all those who want to advance mentoring for the state’s young people to provide trainings, best practices, and professional development. It will also be a central force for campaigns to elevate mentoring and recruit volunteers. MENTOR North Carolina will operate with equity as a driving force. MENTOR North Carolina will support organizations and agencies that offer or seek to offer mentoring support and enrichment opportunities to youth—in particular youth of color—with the express purpose of exploring the foundations of institutionalized racism, how it manifests in mentoring relationships, and how mentoring might be leveraged to advocate for social change.