Mentoring is a supportive one-on-one relationship, where a mentor works together with a mentee, providing some form of support and guidance. Mentoring can provide support for students with diverse backgrounds and can be used as an effective tool to minimize early school leaving rates. Mentoring programs are an effective form of prevention and intervention. Research suggests that mentoring can result in multiple cognitive, affective and social and emotional benefits for students at risk, such as better learning outcomes and growing self-esteem.
Mentoring can take multiple forms and follow diverse structures, however, there are some key component that help developing a successful mentoring program. A clear statement of purpose, proper selection, training and support provided for mentors, monitoring and comprehensive evaluation of the program are highly important aspects. Moreover, regarding the relationship between the mentor and the mentee maintaining consistency and commitment are also essential factors.
For students at risk of early school leaving, establishing a trusting relationship with a competent mentor who can tailor their help and guidance to the student’s individual needs, support their academic achievement while providing social and emotional support can be highly effective.