The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that teens with mentors/coaches:
-Have better school attendance; a better chance of going on to higher education; and better attitudes toward school.
-Have fewer negative youth behaviors.
-Have positive social attitudes and relationships.
-Trust their parents more and communicate better with them.
The Federal Mentoring Council reports youth with mentors/coaches have:
-Increased high school graduation rates
-Lower high school dropout rates
-Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
-Better attitude about school
-Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
-Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
-Improved behavior, both at home and at school
-Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
-Improved interpersonal skills
-Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use
(MENTOR, 2009; Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller, & Rhodes, 2009)
The Big Brothers/Big Sisters conducted a five-year study on the benefits of mentoring/coaching. They found:
-Children with mentors were more confident and had fewer behavioral problems.
-Girls in the study were four times less likely to become bullies than those without a mentor and boys were two times less likely.
-Mentored youth had an increased belief in their abilities to succeed in school and felt less anxiety related to peer pressure.
-Nonparent mentors were highly instrumental in how these teens learned to believe in themselves and tackle challenging goals
Other benefits include:
-A life coach will provide you and your daughter with honest insights
-A life coach will support and encourage effective communication, which will deepen the bond you share.
-A life coach is another trustworthy, respectable role-model who your daughter can turn to for guidance and support