National research has shown that mentoring youth increases 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. And as these assets are increased, resilience—which mitigates the effects of trauma and stress, and promotes positive growth—increases as well.





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?” 

Here are 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!”

What high school boys had to say: 

“(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 had individual mentoring said this:

“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.”

Business Donors

Ashland Food Co-op
Belle Fiore Winery
Shop n Kart
Trader Joe’s
Fred Meyer

Foundations & Grantors

Oregon Community Foundation
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

Our Donors

Individuals, businesses, community organizations and foundations all contribute to the success and well being of Rogue Valley Mentoring.
We have much gratitude for all!