In partnership with Family Guidance, Aliquippa Impact offers a community-based mentoring program for youth ages six to fifteen in the community. Currently, our program has matched nearly fifty students with mentors. A mentor is a caring adult who through friendship, acceptance, and support models the love of God to a youth in our community. Mentors commit to spending a minimum of two to four hours a week with a student for a minimum of one year. However, most of our mentors and youth decide to continue with the program well beyond the one year mark because the experience has proven to be so mutually positive.
Few programs are as powerful as the mentoring program to change lives. Youth who participate in a mentoring program are less likely to skip school, less likely to drop out of school, less likely to become involved in gang activity, and less likely to abuse alcohol or drugs. Conversely, these same youth are more likely to achieve in school and more likely to have better relationships at home and with their peers.