Benefits of Youth Mentoring

Evidence suggests that youth mentoring positively impacts on the lives of young people and mentors.

Research has shown that mentoring can have a range of positive outcomes for young people. The ‘Realising their Potential’ report, (written by the Victorian Youth Mentoring Alliance) survey found:

  • 78 percent of respondents said they were less likely to use drugs or alcohol as a result of being in a mentoring program
  • 81 percent said they went to school more often
  • 93 percent said they knew where to go for help
  • 90 percent said they had a more positive view of their futures
  • 87 percent said they felt more confident
  • 79 percent had a clearer idea of what they wanted to do in the future, and
  • 75 percent said they knew more about education, training and work options available to them.


Click the following link to read ‘Realising their Potential: A Survey of Young People in Youth Mentoring’ (October 2011).

VYMA Realising their Potential Report October 2011 (PDF, 1.4Mb)


This report is based on the findings of a survey of 153 young people aged 12 to 25 across a diverse range of 34 youth Victorian mentoring programs.