The percentage of at-risk low income teenagers that do not graduate is 30% and the chances of them going into juvi or prison is 20%. We here at The ComeBack Kid Society believe that every teenager deserves a fair shot in becoming all they were designed to be. When paired with a mentor 55% are more likely to enroll in college, 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. We also know that they are 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.
Our programs are a direct response to the growing number of young people that are falling through the cracks. Those entangled with the juvenile court system, the foster system and those who seem to have no one fighting for them. The goal of the program is to identify these youth who are struggling and perhaps will have a turbulent transition to adulthood. We are here to offer a positive support system to help avoid the pitfalls and break these cycles. To accomplish this goal, young people must be in a caring, inclusive learning environment that promotes their best effort and reinforces personal respect. Our programs can provide young people with positive role models, emotional support, career guidance, life skills, internship opportunities, leadership development and academic support— all the tools needed to offer a greater chance for success and accomplishment.
The Mentoring Effect, 2014
Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters