Volunteers Mentoring Youth: Implications for Closing the Mentoring Gap

The Corporation for National and Community Service recently published Volunteers Mentoring Youth: Implications for Closing the Mentoring Gap. To develop a greater understanding of the characteristics and traits that distinguish individuals whose volunteering includes mentoring youth from volunteers who do not mentor, the Corporation conducted a close analysis of the 2005 Volunteer Supplement of the Current Population Survey (CPS). Corporation researchers examined whether demographic, socioeconomic, or other observable factors could be used to distinguish between volunteers who mentor and the general population of volunteers who do not mentor, as well as to determine which of the above factors are most influential in predicting who is most likely to be engaged in mentoring activities. The expectation is that the information gleaned will help mentoring programs better identify and recruit the types of individuals who are most likely to be favorably disposed toward mentoring, and thereby help to reduce the “mentoring gap.”

The report included the following key findings:

  • Mentoring Is a Common Part of American Volunteering
  • The Propensity to Be a Mentor Declines with Age
  • Black Volunteers Are More Likely Than White Volunteers to Be Mentors
  • Male and Female Volunteers Engage in Mentoring at Similar Rates
  • Substantial Mentoring Takes Place Through Religious Organizations
  • Mentors Are Often Drawn from the Ranks of Current Volunteers
  • Mentors Regularly Work Full-Time

Read the full report here: http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/06_0503_mentoring_report.pdf