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Why​ A Mentor?

According to…”Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.”

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

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
  • 90% are interested in becoming a mentor
  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are:

  • 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and
  • 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

Important Life Skills For Teenagers

October 24, 2012, By Stephen Pepper 

Life Skills For Teenagers

Life skills 101 was a success

This post contains some ideas for how to help teenagers set a budget based on income and expenses. (See the original article for more information,

One of the things that we’re most passionate about here at Youth Workin’ * It is helping young people learn and develop the life skills that they need for now and in the future.

This week’s Best Of Youth Workin’ * It is, therefore, focusing on 15 important life skills for teenagers:

      1. Communication Skills – This session idea contains many different activities to explore how people communicate, looking at both non-verbal and verbal methods of communication.

     2. Financial Awareness – No matter how old your young people are, it’s never too early to start teaching them financial life skills. 

Statistics on Girls & Women's Self Esteem

7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with family and friends.

(Real Girls, Real Pressure: National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, Dove Self-Esteem Fund)

1 in 4 girls today fall into a clinical diagnosis – depression, eating disorders, cutting, and other mental/emotional disorders. On top of these, many more report being constantly anxious, sleep deprived, and under significant pressure. 

(The Triple Bind, Steven Hinshaw)

"Learning from those who have gone before us like Maya Angelou and those who remain leaves one rich to move forward not to just exist but to make a life. It is with those lessons we can appreciate and use every piece of our journey to be happy and fulfilled!"

--Melissa Fanning