Mentoring Works

Mentoring is a strategy for leveraging positive youth development. It is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee.

Mentoring can take place in several formats: traditional mentoring (one adult to one young person), group mentoring (one adult to multiple young people) and peer mentoring (youth mentoring another youth). It also occurs in a variety of settings, including faith-based organizations, schools, community, workplace and juvenile corrections facilities. According to MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership, mentoring relationships should last at least nine months to one year depending on the setting and should meet for at least one hour per week or four hours per month.

Mentoring Works has collaborated to host many events with the goal of increasing the number of volunteers to meet the need for mentors. During the next year Mentoring Works will continue to focus on recruiting, training and retaining new volunteers. In addition, we will begin sharing impact data on how mentoring works in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.