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Mentoring - A Cost-Effective Intervention
Young people who have been neglected and abused, live in neighborhoods and communities where every day their hopes get crushed by circumstance, and look at the world as an unfriendly and even hostile or violent adversary generally resign themselves to a lifetime of poverty, escapism by drugs and alcohol, unemployment and underemployment, gang participation and incarceration. Many drop out of school. While such a lifestyle accounts for the degradation and devaluing of a person, it is just as debilitating and costly to the community:
Mentoring is a successful and cost-effective intervention with an outstanding rate of success. For example, 98% of all youth mentored complete their high school education. That alone raises their employability, income and subsequently, and ability to support and strengthen the economy, rather than become a drain on it. And the cost is only $1,500 per mentored youth per year. As noted in the chart, it costs 20 times more for a youth to receive drug/alcohol treatment in a single year and over 130 times for a youth in the juvenile justice system than it does to mentor.
This $1,500 mentoring cost includes:
For a fraction of what it costs the government and the community, Be A Mentor can transform an at-risk youth into a healthy, productive member of society. That is cost-effective.
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Mentoring youth struggling in the foster care system.
Words of Wisdom
~ Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. ~