Our program evaluation shows that through mentoring youth increase their 1) self-confidence 2) self-efficacy 3) social connection 4) academic motivation 5) social competence 6) self-expression 7) presence of trusted adult 8) commitment to education.
National research has shown that as these assets are increased, resilience increases as well. Resilience mitigates the effects of trauma and stress, promoting positive development.
The pre and post tests, administered at the beginning and end of each school year, show marginally statistically significant increases in social competence, commitment to education and academic motivation and a sense that the youth have a trusted adult they can turn to if they need to. Importantly, while youth reported having greater confidence that they could depend on a parent in the post test, there was a great increase in the youth’s belief that there was someone other than a parent who could be called upon in a time of need.
During a focus group discussion, members of a girls’ circle were asked, “What would schools look like if more kids got to do a circle?”
Some of their answers:
“They’d get along better, they’d listen better, they’d care about each other…”
“At first we only liked a few people, but now we have more friends and trust each other”
“Other kids should do mentoring circles, in every school!”
“Boys should do it!”
High school boys had this to say about their circle:
“(The circle) helped me tremendously. I’ve been attending for five years. It’s a great place to talk about problems among friends. To not have circle is like not having a place to call home.”
“..it helps with my anxiety and depression.”
“Sometimes listening to people and talking about our problems helps everyone.”
A male mentor recently made this report:
“The boys are getting a deeper appreciation for the dynamics of this group; specifically speaking the truth and being authentic.”
A mother whose son was matched with an individual mentor reported her satisfaction:
“We feel satisfied! We hoped for a healthy, balanced role model with shared interests and found just that!
Her son’s assessment:
“I liked having someone to get to talk to about anything.” The thing he liked best was “getting to have a male figure in my life”
- In 2017, we served 259 youth: 17 participated in one-to-one mentoring matches and 242 participated in circles.
- 12 circles in five schools and one agency.
- 37 adults attended our two 2-day mentor trainings.
- 43 active mentors.
Individuals, businesses, community organizations and foundations all contribute to the success and well being of Rogue Valley Mentoring.
We have much gratitude for all!
- Ashland Food Co-op
- Belle Fiore Winery
- Shop n Kart
- Trader Joe’s
Foundations & Grantors:
- Anna May Family Foundation
- Jackson Care Connect
- United Way of Jackson County
- Gordon Elwood Foundation
- Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation
- Carrico Foundation
- Olsrud Family Foundation
- New World Foundation
- City of Ashland