Twenty years ago, Mentoring USA’s Founder Matilda Raffa Cuomo knew instinctively and anecdotally that one-on-one mentoring works.

We now have all the data and all the facts that young people experience significant positive life outcomes related to academics, community involvement and leadership, and career development when they are mentored.

The Mentoring Effect: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring, the first-ever nationally representative survey of young people on the topic of mentoring, examines the mentoring effect on youth, their aspirations and achievements and the community around them; however, it also highlights a substantial mentoring gap that exists in America, especially for at-risk youth.

Commissioned by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership with support from AT&T and written by Mary Bruce and John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises with Hart Research, the report confirms what past research has indicated: quality mentoring relationships provide young people with positive and complementary benefits on a variety of personal, academic and professional factors.

However, more than one in three young people—an estimated 16 million—have never had an adult mentor of any kind while growing up. This includes an estimated 9 million at-risk youth, who are less likely to graduate high school, go on to college and achieve social and economic mobility. Encouragingly, an estimated 4.5 million at-risk young people will have a structured mentoring relationship while growing up.

Become a mentor now with Mentoring USA and change your life, your community and our nation. #believeinmentoring

Please click here to read Mentoring: At the crossroads of education, business and community at MENTOR.

Did You Know…


The average cost to state and federal governments in forgone tax revenue and paid social support benefits for one unemployed young adult


The amount the government spends on support services over a lifetime of an individual who does not graduate from high school

$93 billion

Young adults not connected to mentors cost society $93 billion annually in lost wages, taxes, and social services

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Every $1 spent on effective mentoring programs yields a $3 benefit to society

Youth mentoring programs can expect a nearly $5 return for every $1 spent on youth intervention programs

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