Research shows that positive adult role models results in strong benefits to young people, including:

  • Higher levels of self esteem.
  • Reduced use of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs.
  • Improved high school graduate rates.
  • Greater aspirations and expectations for their careers.

Unfortunately, a 2004 survey stated that only 25% of 7th-12th graders reported the presence of positive adult role models in their lives. (Project Cornerstone)

In a 2000 study, it was found that adolescents who have an adult mentor would be less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors than those without an adult mentor and concluded that there is “a strong positive relationship between adolescents having an adult mentor and decreased in multiple risk behaviors evaluated” (Beier et al., 2000).