Mentor2At Camp Fire, we see the impact of mentorship every day. We see it in the faces of our hardest-working youth as they improve their grades. We see it in their increased participation and confidence in our classrooms and beyond, in their communities. Mentorship is one of many important ingredients in our High School Thrive program.

Mentoring, “at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.”

Young adults who were at-risk for falling off track but had a mentor are:

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
  • 90% are interested in becoming a mentor
  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

Source: MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

When we asked some of our High School Camp Fire students if they could keep one thing in Camp Fire – most replied “mentorship.” Students told us that they directly felt the impact of having someone there to be able to talk with, who would be there for them. Having this support provides these students with a critical resource not available otherwise.

“Thrive class has been a great experience for me. I was very grateful to have such a caring helpful mentor.” – Jaime, sophomore, David Douglas High School

Mentor3Camp Fire Story

From our High School Thrive program we have a story from Colin Reis, the Site Coordinator at David Douglas High School:

Jaime is a student in my class, who is the first native-born American in her family, all have originally come to the US from Laos.  No one in her family has ever graduated from college, and the idea of attending college felt too far away from her ability to grasp.

In our beginning sessions she would talk about not doing very well in school. Even though she mostly had A’s and B’s, aside from her C- in Algebra. This proved to be her major challenge, both to her GPA, and to her overall confidence.

Over time we talked a lot about self-reflection, and how much that can shape a person’s idea of who they are, and in turn, the lives they lead.  We talked about being our own worst critic, which can be both a blessing and a curse.  After spending several hours with Jaime, her academic confidence began to build. This became more evident in her level of class participation, (she would never participate at the start of the semester) as well as in the way she carried herself.

Since she’s only a sophomore in high school, she’s not ready to apply to colleges. With the Thrive class, and our time together, she’s definitely starting to see it as a possible, and maybe even likely, future for herself.