What are the benefits of a Mentor Ministry? Youth who participate in a sustained Mentor Ministry reap a number of benefits including:
- Educational Achievement: Mentored youth experience positive academic returns. These young people tend to have better attendance, a greater likelihood of pursuing a higher education, and more positive attitudes towards school.
- Health and Safety: Mentoring helps prevent substance abuse and may reduce some negative risk behaviors among youth.
- Social and Emotional Development: Youth participating in a mentoring relationship exhibit more positive social attitudes towards their parents and peers.
It is vital that we find significant ways for faith formation in our congregations today that look beyond staff, parents, and young adults. This is a ministry that must include every generation throughout the church.