The impact of youth mentorship

Mentoring is often one component of a program that involves other elements, such as tutoring or life skills training and coaching. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees.

Benefits for youth:

  • Increased high school graduation rates
  • Lower high school dropout rates
  • Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
  • Better attitude about school
  • Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved behavior, both at home and at school
  • Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use

Benefits for mentors:

  • Increased self-esteem
  • A sense of accomplishment
  • Creation of networks of volunteers
  • Insight into childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood
  • Increased patience and improved supervisory skills (U.S. Department of Labor, n.d.)

Mentoring can help youth as they go through challenging life transitions, including dealing with stressful changes at home or transitioning to adulthood. Close, healthy, supportive relationships between mentors and mentees that last for a significant portion of time (i.e., more than one year) are central to success. Without this, mentoring programs run the risk of harming young people who are paired with mentors ill-equipped to meet the mentees’ needs. Specifically, relationships with mentors that last less than three months; where there is irregular and inconsistent contact; where there is a disconnect between the personalities, interests, and expectations of the mentors and mentees; where mentors are unprepared and lack skills to relate to youth; and where there is no emotional bond between the mentor and mentee have been found to be harmful to youth (Jekielek et al., 2002; Rhodes & DuBois, 2006).

Article courtesy of Youth.Gov

How libraries can help build communities

At Maktaba we believe the placement of a resource library in communities especially poverty affected and underdeveloped areas can help to improve the area.Libraries are a great way to bring many people together and they also create togetherness, uplift learning programs and create opportunities for people to have the mindset of reading. Libraries aren’t just about books and information; they can also provide special collections which have developed from specific community needs. Libraries, can even provide communities with tools resources and tools after an emergency and people can get knowledge on how they can deal with the problem easily which validates the need for a library and how locally responsive a community-centered library can be.

Librarians are often the first to recognize local needs because they interact on a daily basis with members of society and understand their communities firsthand. Therefore it is often libraries that bring social needs to the attention of the community and partner with local governments and social agencies to help address these needs. As well as learning the essential skills and knowledge required, aspiring future librarians will also learn how to champion the cultural lives of communities and society. Libraries also offer a whole host of programs from free tutoring, help with homework and reading programs for young children and teenagers to help them with their academic performance and aid parents who cannot afford private tutoring.

Student in a Maktaba Foundation Library

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Your donation will help us to strategically position our libraries and the opportunity to support every student access educational resources. When you contribute to the libraries, your gift benefits student success through classroom instruction, one-on-one research assistance and facilities that share the resources students need to excel academically; and will also help us provide the very best services and expertise, with the aim to enrich teaching and learning at Maktaba Foundation and beyond. Make a gift today. Become a friend of Maktaba to support our vision for more libraries in 2017.

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