1 in 3 young people grow up without a supportive mentor.
Take a minute and think about someone in your life who helped you get to where you are today. Was it your favorite teacher? The one who stayed after school to help you with your math homework even though you weren’t in her class anymore. Or, perhaps it was your first supervisor who helped you understand what it meant to have your first job–showing up on time, dressing professionally, learning how to ask for help when you need it? While you may have not known it at the time, these adults were acting as mentors to you and I.
Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.
Yet, 1 in 3 young people will grow up without this critical asset.
We can’t do this alone, and neither can our youth. With more than 200 mentoring programs across Minnesota, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. Learn more about mentoring by reading these real mentoring stories.
Ready for more? Learn how you, too, can become a mentor today.
2021 Strategic Goals
Develop and Implement Statewide survey
State evaluation would allow MMN to speak to the state of mentoring and allow programs in network to better describe their mentoring landscape and impact
Diversify and Empower MMN Board of Directors
Build out our Board of Directors and future youth council with support of Program Services Council to provide equal opportunity for youth leadership and learning/participation in process of sharing youth power
Hire Programmatic Leader
Provide additional support in creating and delivering training based on research. This hire will support and host program convenings and oversee consultant work, which will create paid opportunities for BIPOC leaders in the mentoring/youth development fields.
Build Membership Model
Create infrastructure to support expansion, data collection, potential
pass-through funding, and organic opportunities for connection among professionals.