40% of youth in Harrisburg are growing up at/below the poverty line.
By preparing young people for college and careers, mentoring helps develop the future workplace talent pipeline.
Over 60% of youth at Center for Champions are growing up fatherless.
A study of 1,977 children age 3 and older living with a residential father or father figure found that children living with married biological parents had significantly fewer externalizing and internalizing behavioral problems than children living with at least one non-biological parent.
Mentors can’t replace a father, but they can point a child to the love of the Father.
3 million children are neglected or maltreated each year
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before adulthood
94% of children in juvenile justice settings have experienced trauma
Mentors can help protect and buffer children from toxic stress.
Mentors can help children heal and build resiliency.
A mentor’s presence can reduce levels of hormones present in children and as a result, reduce the impact of trauma.
Mentors should celebrate, comfort, listen to, collaborate with, and inspire young people in order to build strong relationships.