Why Mentor?

Mentoring at its essence, let’s students know that there is someone invested and committed to them.  A mentor helps a young person understand that they are not alone. They help to provide guidance and may act as a sounding board when students are faced with day-to-day challenges.  Effective mentoring offers students the opportunity for personal growth and development as well as exposes them to social and economic opportunities. Research has shown that quality mentoring relationships have positive effects that last a lifetime.  


By becoming a Starfish Mentor and supporting a Starfish Scholar academically and socially, sharing your professional experiences and networks, you will help to  place them on a path to success. You will let our Scholars know they matter.

Be a Mentor. Change a Life. Make a Difference.

Young Adults Who Were At-Risk for Falling Off Track
But Had a Mentor Are:


Mentoring has significant positive effects on two early warning indicators that a student may be falling off-track:

High levels of absenteeism (Kennelly & Monrad, 2007)


Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

Recurring behavior problems (Thurlow, Sinclair & Johnson, 2002)


Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.

(The Mentoring Effect, 2014)

In addition to better school attendance and a better chance of going on to higher education, mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school.

(The Role of Risk, 2013)

Mentor FAQ

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