Why Mentor | Walk With Sally

Why Mentoring Matters

Mentoring benefits a child’s emotional/psychological well-being, peer relationships, academic attitudes, and grades. This includes:
  • Fewer depressive symptoms
  • Greater acceptance by their peers
  • More positive beliefs about their ability to succeed in school
  • Better grades in school


  • 59% of children who are mentored, get better grades.
  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.
  • Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.
  • Nearly 18 million children in America need or want mentoring, but only three million are in formal, high-quality mentoring relationships.

Our Kids

Parents with cancer:
  • 18 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients are parents to one or more minor children.
  • Although responses to parental cancer can vary based on age and the individual, a common theme among the reaction of these children are uncertainty, fear, guilt and anxiety.
Siblings with cancer:
  • In a study conducted in 2007, 53% of siblings between the ages 8 and 18 (within 2 years of cancer diagnosis) reported moderate to severe Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms.
  • These higher rates of post-traumatic stress among siblings included negative emotional reactions such as fear, worry, sadness, helplessness, anger and guilt as well as school and academic difficulties.


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