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My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors Initiative: Get Involved in Your Community

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Through mentoring, you can make a difference in the life of a young person in a lot of ways, and the most important is just to be there.

Now is the time to get involved and change the life of a young person who needs your support -- it's easy to search for mentoring opportunities in your community!

My Brother’s Keeper in the Spotlight

On October, 11, 2016, President Obama spoke to ESPN's SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. The forum covered several topics including the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Several participants in the My Brother's Keeper initiative were in attendance.

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Mentoring creates meaningful connections that can positively impact the lives of both mentor and mentee. Those who receive mentorship are more likely to see improved academic, social, and economic prospects. Those who mentor are able to build important leadership and management skills, while giving back to their community.

There are 46 million young people, aged 8 - 18, living in America. 16 million of them are growing up without a mentor. That's one out of every three young people who, outside of their family at home, don't have a trusted adult who they believe they can turn to for advice and guidance. Of those young people, 9 million face a variety of day-to-day challenges that put them at-risk for falling off track.

That means that every mentorship matters.

Source: MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

President Obama with MBK participants

My Brother's Keeper is also a call to action for Americans to make a difference for young people by becoming a mentor. Mentoring is a centerpiece of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative because of the proven impact on positive outcomes.

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Research Shows:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Seventy-six percent at-risk young adults who had a mentor aspire to enroll in and graduate from college versus half of at-risk young adults who had no mentor.  They are also more likely to be enrolled in college.
  • Mentoring reduces “depressive symptoms” and increases “social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.”

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