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BOSTON, July 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At a time when much of the focus is on what divides us, a study released today shows that there is something the majority of Americans agree on: mentoring relationships are powerful tools for connection and are critical to our country’s future. Americans are overwhelmingly crossing racial, economic, and other bridges to mentor young people outside their families.
The Power of Relationships: How and Why American Adults Step Up to Mentor the Nation’s Youth is the most comprehensive picture of what adults think about mentoring kids who are not in their family. In 2014, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership released The Mentoring Effect, the most comprehensive look at young people’s views on and engagement with mentoring. The Power of Relationships is a follow-up to that piece with findings from adults’ perspectives.
The report, produced by MENTOR with generous support from AT&T and in partnership with Pacific Market Research, uncovers findings about structured mentoring, informal mentoring, and how adults in the United States think about the movement to bring meaningful mentoring relationships to every child.
“The research shows what we see every day across the country but not enough in our national discourse: When adults are given a bridge, we are overwhelmingly willing to cross it for the young people in our communities,” said David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR. “It also powerfully portrays the importance of training and supporting adults to be at their best when mentoring young people so we can maximize the positive results of these relationships.”
Based on a nationally representative survey of adults and a literature review of related studies, The Power of Relationships’ key findings reveal that:
Mentoring Unites Us
The Mentoring Movement is Growing and is Poised for Continued Growth
There is Broad-based Support for Public and Private Investment in Mentoring
Workplace Support for Mentoring Holds Double Bottom Line
For the full report, or more information on key findings, please visit www.mentoring.org/PoR.
Erin Souza-Rezendes MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership 774-644-0176 firstname.lastname@example.org