What is mentoring?
Mentoring provides a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement. There has been a great deal of international research carried out on the benefits of mentoring to a young person. Research by Joseph P. Tierney and Jean Baldwin Grossman (Making a difference: an impact study of Big Brother/Big Sisters) and David L Dubois et al ('Effectiveness of mentoring programs for youth: A meta-analytical review', American Journal of Community Psychology), has shown that young mentees are:
- Less likely to become involved in criminal activity
- Less likely to become involved in drug taking and alcohol abuse
- Less likely to leave school early
- More likely to have improved academic performance
- Have better relationships with their teachers and family compared to their peers who are not mentored
At Larapinta School, mentoring focuses on social and emotional wellbeing, that is mentoring to assist young people to increase their self-esteem, self-efficacy and resilience by actively supporting their social and emotional wellbeing. The focus includes improving both the young person’s life skills and the positive connections they have with their community. The mentoring sessions are held in person, with one mentor matched with one young person. Mentoring occurs on the school premises.