One of the beautiful things about mentoring is the change that occurs far beyond the mentoring match itself. Mentoring creates a powerful ripple effect that impacts entire communities.
At Raise, we see the ripple effects that mentoring a young person has on the broader community. Everyone who touches our program experiences their own positive outcomes.
The positive impacts do not start and end with the young person, the improvements in their social and emotional wellbeing can be felt by those around them. Teachers notice improvements in students’ attitude and listening skills, through to attendance, grades and the desire to finish school. The school experiences greater capacity to extend their wellbeing program and prioritise the wellbeing of students as well as achieving the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework objectives.
In addition to this, the young people in our program are known to share the learnings of the program and encourage other young people to seek help too. The improvements in relationships these young people experience is also felt by friends, family, teachers and peers.
For the mentors, whether from corporate or community, we know they benefit from a sense of purpose and giving back, but it’s so much more than that. Our research tells us that mentors experience statistically significant increases in their knowledge and ability to relate to young people, as well as confidence in their ability to mentor young people outside of Raise. Mentors also tell us that the improved listening and leadership skills and an increase in their own self-esteem and empathy are useful in their home and work lives too. This undoubtedly impacts not only their own wellbeing, but that of those around them.
And so it goes on, prospective employers interact with young people who are more confident and hopeful as a result of the time spent with their mentors. Corporations achieve their own social responsibility goals and their staff discover personal and professional growth from mentoring a young person, which increases their job satisfaction.