Why Mentoring Matters

LSS Mentoring Services
Michelle Madsen, Director

One question that we are often asked is how can mentoring make a difference? Anecdotal stories abound, and we love to hear those. But we also like to see the impact in numbers. Every year, LSS asks mentors to assess their students progress in nine areas – grades, interest in school, school attendance, behavior, self-esteem, opening up to their mentor, reading, attitude, and level of conscientiousness.
In several instances, mentors did not know if their student improved or not. For example, they don’t talk about grades (especially in early elementary years) or just know that grades are not an issue for that child. There were approximately 500 responses to our annual survey and here is how the numbers looked for the 2018-19 school year.

  • Grades: 49% maintained or improved
  • Interest in School: 72% showed a higher interest in school
  • Attendance: 62% maintained an acceptable rate or improved their school attendance
  • Behavior: 84% demonstrated more positive behavior
  • Self-Esteem: 84% of students had a higher self-esteem
  • Opening up to their Mentor: 97% opened up more to their mentor this year than before
  • Reading: 61% maintained or improved reading
  • Attitude: 90% had a positive attitude
  • Conscientiousness: 79% were more conscientious


While not every student improved in every area. Some of the mentors were fairly new, so there was not a good base or sometimes kids need more interventions than a mentor can provide. What we do know is that 100% of students who had a mentor have a relationship with a trusted adult to listen to their concerns and offer advice. We can’t measure that impact, but we have to believe that someday it will make a difference.

If you need further proof that mentoring works, apply today and see for yourself! We promise you will learn something new and enjoy your experience!

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