MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership's report, The Mentoring Effect, found through the first-ever nationally representative survey of young people that one in three will grow up without a mentor. This means that 9 million kids are growing up without a mentor to offer real life guidance. The survey also found a powerful mentoring effect demonstrated by the experiences of young people who participated in the survey. It is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects, and strengthens our communities and our nation. As just one example of the report findings, at-risk young adults who had a mentor are 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.
For the past eight years, coaches across the nation, who know first-hand the impact of this powerful asset, have demonstrated their commitment to closing the mentoring gap by participating in the Coaches' Mentoring Challenge. This campaign began as a friendly competition between Coach Tom Osborne at the University of Nebraska and Coach Bill Snyder at Kansas State University, in 2008, with the goal of rallying new volunteers for mentoring programs in their communities and states. Since its kickoff, teams in seven states have participated and during the 2015 Coaches' Mentoring Challenge, nearly 10,000 fans stepped up.
The 2016 Coaches' Mentoring Challenge kicks off on August 1 and runs through November 30, with results being released during the frist week in December. Through this effort, participating coaches and universities have made meaningful contributiosn to the communities they call home.