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Call Greater Cleveland Volunteers at 216-391-9500
From Teen Voice: Relationships that Matter to America’s Teens:
Only about one in five 15-year-olds has the web of positive, sustained, and meaningful relationships in their lives that support, guide, encourage, and connect with them in positive ways.
The gap in positive relationships with caring adults has serious implications for teens, their schools, and their communities. When young people have a strong relationship foundation, they are more likely to do well in a wide range of areas of development, including having:
- goals to master what they study at school,
- a grade point average of 3.5 (B+) or higher,
- a sense of purpose and hope for their future,leadership skills,
- a positive sense of their ethnic identity,
- a belief that it is important to help others and correct social inequalities, and
- a belief that it is important for them to be involved in community issues.
When you volunteer as a caring adult, you will be appreciated —
almost all teens who have mentors value the relationship. They say they trust, care about, and enjoy their mentors. More than 95% of teens with mentors in all demographic groups say they have a strong and caring relationship