All the donations in Utah that we receive here at Big Brothers Big Sisters go to helping us make positive mentoring matches. These contributions are what make programs like mentor2.0 possible.
Mentor2.0 is a program that defends the potential of high school students. More particularly, it helps those who face opportunity gaps in preparing for their future. For example, in 2018, BBBSU served 274 students at Cottonwood High. Out of all the participating students, 94% were of color, 88% live in an economically disadvantaged home and 88% will be the first in their family to attend college.
Each of the 274 freshman students was matched with a mentor that had real-life experience to help them succeed. Every mentor in the program had a college degree, with 30% of them being the first in their family to graduate from college.
This program was similar to the volunteer opportunities that we already provide to local youth, except that mentor2.0 was focused on the needs of teenagers in a specific high school. It gave participating mentors a unique opportunity to champion individual students on to lasting success, which is why we are always grateful for your contributions and donations in Utah.
Was mentor2.0 successful for Cottonwood High? The numbers speak for themselves.
- 98% of mentees expressed trust in their mentor.
- 95% of all mentor2.0 seniors graduated from Cottonwood High in 2018.
- 61% of those graduating seniors enrolled in college in the fall of the same year.
- Colleges in the U.S. accepted 100% of mentor2.0 senior applicants.
Positive, mentoring relationships help youth to realize their potential. At BBBSU, we’ve seen school attendance and self-confidence levels improve firsthand. From mentor2.0, we found that you people who face an opportunity gap in life are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college if they have a mentor.
Help develop the future workplace talent pipeline today by supporting mentoring programs for young people. We offer a flexible variety of ways to give donations in Utah. Visit our website to get started!