Mentoring benefits all students. For some students who may be experiencing social isolation, mentoring can be a much-needed emotional and social support. For other students who are experiencing academic challenges, mentoring may be an effective strategy for building a new or renewed love of learning and/or literacy.
Benefits of mentoring relationships are:
- building students’ sense of belonging within the school community
- enhancing attendance and motivation to learn
- helping individual students feel more connected and valued in their school community
- helping students learn about and value diversity
- encouraging individuals to get to know one another, identify common interests and concerns, recognize one another’s strengths and contributions
Mentoring also contributes to a positive school culture by:
- creating authentic and engaging opportunities
- modelling and teaching the skills essential to healthy relationships
- strengthening school bonds
- enhancing students’ feelings of safety and belonging
- decreasing bullying behaviours
Mentoring relationships are a natural and supported opportunity for both the mentor and mentee to enhance their social-emotional learning.
Mentoring may be a targeted intervention in other school-wide approaches. Mentoring relationships may be integrated into bullying prevention strategies. It shares a number of goals and attributes with both Peer Support Networks and Student Advisories.