For young people, there’s a special kind of magic that comes from having a supporting adult in their corner. It’s the feeling of someone seeing their potential. It’s the confidence to see themselves as capable of anything. It’s having the answers to questions they didn’t even know they should be asking.
The mentors of United Way of Greater Knoxville's partner agency, Big Brothers Big Sisters, help make more of that magic in local kids’ lives.
The program pairs a caring adult with a local student to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Every time volunteers and mentees connect, it better prepares that young person to tackle life’s curveballs and achieve their dreams. As one mentee explained, his mentors were there for him through troubling times in his life, when no one else was. “They just gave me guidance and reassurance, whatever I was going through at the time, and it was so beneficial just knowing that they were there to support me,” he said.
Just how impactful can a mentor be? Studies have shown that of young people who have a caring adult in their corner:
- 76 percent aspire to enroll in and graduate from college*
- 51 percent hold a leadership position in a club, sports team, school council or another group*
- 48 percent volunteer regularly in their communities*
These experiences can help kids develop agency and build self-confidence, as well as better prepare them to face challenges before, during and after high school.
In recognition of the role mentors play in the lives of pre-teens and teens and the magic they make, United Way of Greater Knoxville is taking to social media using #iammadebymentors. Have you added your story of mentorship to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn pages? If not, we invite you to join the conversation now!
You can also support mentorship in the community by making a gift to United Way of Greater Knoxville. Your support helps make it possible for us to continue our fight to help all kids succeed.
*Source: The Mentoring Effect, The National Mentoring Partnership