Mentoring is part of who we are.
Mentoring matters. Recent research supports the importance of developing positive connections between kids and adults. Sources of Strength identifies Mentors or Trusted Adults as one of the sources that help people (not just adolescents) build resiliency. Mentoring increases graduation rates, college attendance rates and retention in the workplace. Developing a mentoring relationship is one of the protective factors for children who experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).
Yet, the research does not quantify the reason why mentoring matters at RCA. Mentoring is part of our school culture. Mentoring builds our positive school climate. Mentoring models positive relationships and creates connections with all students.