• Description

Increasing national evidence highlights the important association between having a mentor and youths' academic success and well-being. Specifically, youths' mentor relationships often lead to gains in social and emotional development, which are directly reflected in improved academic behaviors and attitudes. Youth who have mentors are more confident in their abilities and focused on their futures. Likewise, youth with mentoring relationships have higher levels of self esteem, life satisfaction, and psychological well-being than youth with no identified mentor. This fact sheet explores whether Coös youths' mentor experiences and their academic attitudes and well-being are linked. To do so, we analyze data from the Coös Youth Study collected in 2008, focusing on seventh and eleventh grade students from all public schools in Coös County, New Hampshire.