The Importance of Mentoring

One-quarter of U.S. students do not graduate high school and, not surprisingly, college graduation rates are falling. Only 3 percent of today’s jobs are available to unskilled workers. By 2020, our leaders insist we reverse this trajectory, aiming to have the U.S. lead the world in per-capita college-educated residents. Mentoring is a proven method to ensure students complete their education and can offer exposure and access to higher tiers of the current and future workforce.

The Role of Corporations

Corporations are uniquely positioned to do tremendous good and to strengthen the social fabric of the communities where they are located because they have not only financial resources, but also a pool of caring adults who can model the attitudes and aptitudes youth need in order to be successful academically, in their communities and the workforce – intellectual curiosity, compassion for others, and determination to succeed. In return for these investments, corporations will see increased employee productivity, improved morale and retention of employees, and improved public image and community relations.

The National Mentoring Summit

With more than 600 attendees expected, The National Mentoring Summit is the only cross-sector national gathering of mentoring leaders and practitioners. It has become a powerful platform for shared knowledge, networking and innovation — all pointed to advancing the quality and quantity of mentoring opportunities for America’s youth. The Host Committee for the Summit includes: The Corporation for National and Community Service , The Harvard School for Public Health, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and United Way Worldwide.

The Summit also has a robust group of leading national youth development organizations as Summit partners. The Corporate Mentoring Challenge stems from First Lady Michelle Obama’s challenge to the private sector to further engage in mentoring America’s young people at the inaugural Summit.