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Having a mentor helps young people stay engaged in school, develop a positive attitude toward learning, and makes them more likely to graduate high school, attend college, and succeed in a work environment.

  • Youth who have mentors are 52% less likely to skip school, making them more likely to graduate.

  • 64% of students with mentors develop a more positive attitude toward school, leading to better learning.

  • Youth with mentors are 63% more likely to reduce high-risk behaviors like violent tendencies, and drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.

What makes some children more vulnerable than others?

Psalm 68:6 says that, “God sets the solitary into FAMILIES…but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” Even in the beginning when God created Adam, He said that it was not good for him to be ALONE. All throughout scripture and creation, we can see how life thrives when connected to a strong support system, but people struggle when disconnected. One of the best examples of this can be seen in a flock of geese. Here’s the secret behind the geese’s “V” formation:

  • 1. Stronger Together: Their flying range increases by 70%.

  • 2. Life is a “Drag” Alone: If a goose happens to fall out of line, it immediately feels the resistance of flying alone and quickly gets back into formation.

  • The quality of their support system. It is the family that must champion the task of educating their children about the responsible social values that lead to the character that insulates them against self-destructive behavior. However, they need help. The Reel Living Outdoor Mentoring Program partners with schools, community organizations and families to instill the knowledge, soft skills, support, and VALUES that every child needs to SOAR!