Leadership Oakland

Mentoring Statistics


There is significant data that demonstrates the need for mentoring Oakland County youth.  

Research shows:

  1. Youth are five times more likely to graduate if they have a meaningful relationship with an adult.  (Michigan Dropout Prevention Summit 2008)
  2. Without effective intervention as many as 70% of children with incarcerated parents/caregivers will become involved with the criminal justice system   (United States Senate Report)
  3. 5,805 grandparents in Oakland County are primary caregiver for one or more of their grandchildren (Census 2000)
  4. 24,539 single mothers live in Oakland County (Census 2000)
  5. Only 1/3 of those in mentoring relationships are men while most of the youth on the waiting lists are boys (Mentor Michigan Summit 2008)

Research shows that youth who spend time with a caring adult mentor regularly for at least one year are:

  1. 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs
  2. 27% less likely to start drinking
  3. 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school
  4. 37% less likely to skip a class
  5. More trusting of their parents or guardians 

(Making a Difference:  An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters by Public/Private Ventures 1995)

You are here: Home Mentoring Mentoring Statistics