Mentors Matter

Posted on by Heidi Brunsting

Do mentors matter? YES!!!!

One of our main ministry focuses in DAYFC is matching every kid who wants one, with a loving, christian, adult mentor. It is one of the most time consuming but effective strategies we have.

Consider the following widely accepted research:


  • Youth are five times more likely to graduate if they have a meaningful relationship with an adult mentor.
  • 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school
  • 37% less likely to skip a class

Sex, Drugs & Alcohol

  • Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking
  • 98% of teens with a mentor avoid teen pregnancy


  • Mentors help young people set career goals and start taking steps to realize them.
  • Mentors introduce young people to professional resources and organizations they may not know.
  • Mentors can help their mentees learn how to seek and keep jobs.


  • Without effective intervention as many as 70% of children with incarcerated parents/caregivers will become involved with the criminal justice system
  • Kids who have been in trouble with the law are 67% less likely to become repeat offenders if they have a mentoring relationship
  • 98% of kids with a mentor avoid gang activity

Mental Health

  • Consistent across risk groups, is a reduction in depressive symptoms — noteworthy given that almost 25% of youth report worrisome levels of these symptoms.
  • Findings also suggested gains in social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.


In YFC we find that kids learn to trust Jesus because they learn to trust his/her mentor! Kids who come to Jesus through a relationship with a mentor have a built in discipleship relationship going forward. Often, the mentor/mentee relationship lasts for many years. And it always changes two lives!

If you would like to become a mentor to a juvenile offender, a teen mom or teen dad, a foster kid or a Campus Life high school student, please click on this link to find out more. It will change your life!

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