`A`ALI`I Mentoring is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Hawaii that helps young adults from underserved communities navigate and persevere in higher education. Many young people from communities underrepresented in higher education face the typical challenges related to the transition to college and also daunting difficulties including academic, financial, familial, and personal hardships. They may not be aware or have access to financial, educational, and career resources and opportunities. As a result, many young people do not achieve their higher education goals.
With the support of a trained volunteer adult mentor, a young person can benefit from a non-judgmental, caring, and empathetic advocate. Mentors can share experiences, offer encouragement, and provide fresh perspectives. Mentors can also model leadership and interpersonal and executive-functioning skills -- essential competencies that enable young people to reach their full potential.
Mentoring can improve outcomes for young adults.
Research shows youth with mentors are more likely to be successful in school, to be leaders in their communities, and to be more likely to enter young adulthood with opportunities for ongoing education and career choices.
By sharing their experience and offering encouragement, mentors also teach and model leadership and "soft skills" --- essential to competencies that enable young people to reach their full potential.
of economically disadvantaged students in Hawaii do not complete their college degree within six years.
(2014 cohort: HDXP)
of at-risk youth who have a mentor, plan on graduating from college, 50% higher than those who do not have a mentor.(Mentoring.org)