Bridging Mentoring and Afterschool Programming
The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) believes that young people who have the proper support systems in place throughout all stages in their human development will be solid, healthy, productive, and well-rounded individuals who give back and sustain their community. Each year, youth have 2,000 hours of discretionary non-school time - roughly the equivalent of a full time job. Mentoring is commonly integrated as a component of afterschool programming. Balanced, quality afterschool programs are proven to benefit youth in many ways:
- youth exercise good judgments by modeling good behaviors through the influence and support of caring adults
- increases academic achievement and performance
- helps reduce juvenile crime
- keeps youth in school-increases graduation rates and reduces dropouts
- helps young people develop 21st century learning skills to prepare for the future
Young people test themselves through action and performance, and mentors can provide access to positive experiences and guide and support youth when they are maturing. MPM and Youth Community Connections, Minnesota's statewide afterschool alliance, provide youth access to quality programs and resources that engage them at a critical time in the development of their brain’s architecture.
Check out the following resources to learn more about quality afterschool programming, benefits of quality afterschool programming and how to integrate mentoring into afterschool programming.
- Youth Community Connection's fact sheets on afterschool and summer learning opportunities
- Youth Community Connection's tips on finding quality afterschool programs, funding opportunities, and tools and resources
Integrating Mentoring and Afterschool Programs
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