Great People Have Great Mentors is a campaign to connect youth with disabilities with information about finding or being a mentor. People with mentors are more successful. People with mentors achieve their goals. Being a mentor changes lives. Being a mentor makes a difference.
Research indicates that mentoring is especially effective in helping youth with disabilities transition into the workplace and adulthood. Young people with mentors are more likely to participate in positive activities and achieve higher educational goals.
According to the Mentoring Effect, at-risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to:
- Aspire to enroll in and graduate from college than those who did not have a mentor (76 percent versus 56 percent).
- Report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities than those who did not have a mentor (67 percent versus 37 percent).
- Hold a leadership position in a club, sports team, school council or other group than those who did not have a mentor (51 percent versus 22 percent).
- Volunteer regularly in their communities than those who did not have a mentor (48 percent versus 27).
What are the goals of this project?
- Increase mentoring relationships for young people with disabilities.
- Promote education, employment, and career potential of people with disabilities.
- Help School Counselors connect youth with disabilities to mentors.
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The Great People, Great Mentors Campaign evolved from Employment Resources, Inc.’s (ERI) participation in Goodstock 2014 – a 24-hour marketing marathon where advertising firm KW2 works with Dane County non-profit organizations to apply their creative minds to worthy causes. The KW2 team proposed an idea for getting individuals with disabilities to consider their career and employment possibilities by finding a mentor.
This project is funded through the Wisconsin Disability Benefits Network (WDBN).