Change the Chances: Become a Mentorby Sophia Chitlik | January 8, 2013 | 0 comments
It’s time for you and me to have an intervention.
You? Oh, no, it’s not for you! I’m pretty sure you’re doing ok.
Sure, you’re spending 50% of your salary on rent, but let’s put it in perspective. Chances are you went to a good, or pretty good school, and that you had at least one of the following: an SAT tutor, a life-changing teacher, a coach that really cared. Those people, they were mentors. And I need you to become one, too.
Mentoring is a proven intervention that will help give every kid the chances that you had. Students with mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to begin drug use and half as likely to skip school. They are more accountable, and have higher self-esteem.  They send in college applications, and improve their grades. They’re more likely to make it to college and through college. But they need someone who has their back.
Can you become that person? Take advantage of National Mentoring Month by learning more about how your involvement in a child’s life can change their chances. Repair the World has made it easy!
We’ve partnered with iMentor , an incredible organization that builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities in New York City to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. Students work with their mentors one-on-one, in-person and online to develop strong personal relationships, nurture a college aspiration, navigate the college application process, and build critical skills that lead to college success. iMentor supports both student and mentor with a college success curriculum, and support from their rock star staff. Best of all, they have the track record that proves you’ll be making an impact: 74% of seniors in their College Transition Program enrolled in college in 2011.
Not in NYC? We’ve got you covered. Email [email protected] to get connected to a local partner in your area.
 1 Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters . Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures (1995)
 McLearn, K.T., Colasanto, D., Schoen, C., & Shapiro, M.Y. (1998). Mentoring matters: A national study of adults mentoring young people. In J.B. Grossman (Ed.), Contemporary issues in mentoring (pp. 66-83). Philadelphia, PA: Public/Private Ventures.
 McLearn, K.T., Colasanto, D., Schoen, C., & Shapiro, M.Y.