Sponsor a Child
Compassion This Way Network has developed our program with effectiveness in mind.Our programs are both high impact and efficient. Effective for the children, and efficient for the donor.
We understand the economic strain we are under here in Michigan and we try to make every dollar count.
Please sponsor one child in our progam for one year at a cost of $250.
If you look at the future impact on that child and the life lessons learned, the cost is small.
Please click on the donate button below-right, and donate any amount. For every $250 we receive a child is helped.
About MentoringResearch confirms what previously we had known only anecdotally or intuitively. That is, mentoring works.
A recent Research Brief published by Child Trends and titled, "Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development," found that youth who participate in mentoring relationships experience a number of positive benefits.
Since 2005Compassion This Way has been helping children since 2005. We currently mentor 35 children, but are able to serve many more - with your help.
In terms of educational achievement, mentored youth have better attendance; a better chance of going on to higher education; and better attitudes towards school. In terms of health and safety, mentoring appears to help prevent substance abuse and reduce some negative youth behaviors.
On the social and emotional development front, taking part in mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. They also feel they get more emotional support from their friends than do youth who are not mentored.
Therefore, to determine the number of young people who most need mentors, we turned to youth expert and researcher Joy Dryfoos. Author of the book, Adolescence at Risk, Dryfoos identified a number of factors that put youth especially at risk of not becoming successful adults. Those factors include performing poorly in school and dropping out; engaging in substance abuse, having sex at an early age and engaging in delinquent behavior. Dryfoos then categorized youth by risk status:
- Very high risk (10 percent of young people) – young people with multiple problem behaviors who commit serious offenses, drop out of school; use heavy drugs and have sex without contraception, etc.
- High risk (15 percent) – youth who participate in two or three problem behaviors but at a slightly lower frequency and with less deleterious consequences;
- Moderate risk (25 percent) – youth who tend to experiment in committing minor delinquent offenses, using substances occasionally but not hard drugs, have sexual intercourse with contraception, etc.; and
- Low risk (50 percent) – young people who do not commit any serious delinquent acts, do not abuse substances and are not yet sexually active.