In 2019, Raise supported a total of 1,027 young people through 86 mentoring programs
In our school programs more than half (65%) of these young people had experienced anxiety, and 45% had experienced depression. Also commonly reported were experiences of bullying (43%) and suicidal thoughts (28%).
Every year we evaluate our programs and analyse the data to see if the changes observed are meaningful and statistically significant. This helps us to see what we did well and what we need to improve on.
Our findings revealed that our young people felt significantly more able to ask for and accept help, after completing the mentoring program. We also saw significant improvements in young peoples’ ratings of their hope, resilience and coping skills.
Our young people felt more confident in their ability to achieve their goals and complete year 12. This means they are better equipped to deal with problems and bounce back from setbacks more quickly. It also means they are more likely to seek help when they are having a rough time.
The feedback from mentees was also positive: 99% of mentees enjoyed participating in the program and 97% said they would recommend it to a friend.
“I had the chance to communicate with someone that actually wanted to help me with my problems.” – Raise Mentee, 13
100% of schools in which the program was delivered asked for it to be repeated the following year. They reported that the program helped to build wellbeing and engagement at the school.
“The impact on students’ confidence cannot be over-emphasised. I had never seen such positive relationships with adults from some of our students. Clearly the mentors chosen are gold.” – School Contact
Mentors also benefitted from our programs. There was a significant improvement in their knowledge of young people and their ability to relate to them. They also reported feeling a sense of purpose, a connection to their community and experiencing personal growth in their listening skills.