School-based Mentoring: The Need
Why Do Students Disengage From School?
The following problems are particularly prevalent in low socioeconomic areas, where there are significantly higher incidences of school disengagement.
- Social disadvantage
- Unmet developmental needs
- Past or present trauma (often from physical, emotional and sexual abuse)
- Dysfunctional home environments, including foster care placement and systematic generational welfare dependence
What Does This Mean For The Future?
The negative impacts of school disengagement are detrimental to the person and local communities.
Disengaged young people are more likely to:
- Become involved with criminal misconduct such as substance use, violence, vandalism, and theft
- Become involved in risky sexual activity
- Experience intergenerational family dysfunctions like domestic violence and breakups
Short Term Objectives
- Provide a positive relationship with an adult role model
- Help young people re-engage in school
- Help young people develop their emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills and ambitious attitude
- Improve young people’s overall wellbeing
When dealing with adversity, young people need effective tools to maintain their well being, and a mentor can help a young person cultivate those tools. With the right support, students can stay engaged and successful in school, despite past adversities.
The Long Term Objectives
- Promote stronger and more stable families who are resilient to adversity - Decrease the likelihood of intergenerational domestic violence and dysfunction
- Reduce the likelihood that a young person engages in criminal activity - Decrease the associated costs of this to the community
- Reduce the likelihood that a young person becomes welfare dependent - Decrease the associated costs of this to the community
- Build stronger and more cohesive communities - Reduce the financial and social costs of school disengagement