October 10, 2018

Dayton statistics are alarming. In one school district, the free/reduced lunch rate is over 90%. Yet 15,000+ jobs sit open in the 12-county Dayton region, nearly half of which are likely to pay $50,000-$79,000 per year.*
So, where’s the gap?

It’s estimated that by 2020, 64% of jobs will require more than a high school diploma. But today, just 37% of Montgomery County adults have post-secondary degrees or credentials.*
Parents are struggling. Their children are hurting. But, there is tremendous hope.
Here are a few stats we love.

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
  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions
  • 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school*
And 90% of young people who had a mentor are interested in becoming mentors themselves.* Now that’s a positive trend we can stand behind!
Here’s another fun fact: Miami Valley Leadership Foundation mentors range in age from 17-81!
Willing adults from all walks and stages of life are showing up for the young people in their community…and it’s making all the difference.

Small, steady traces of change show up in sweet moments like these, shared by two of our newest mentors:
At the end of their very first meeting, Becki (a new mentor) asked her mentee if she could shake her hand.  The little girl crossed her arms, stepped back with a scowl and said "NO.” Quickly followed by, “…but I will give you a hug."  Her face instantly changed to a HUGE smile as she leaned in to Becki and gave her a hug.  As the little girl walked back to class Becki noticed the secretary had a strange look on her face.  She told Becki "I don't think I have ever seen that little girl smile like that."

And this one:
“Oh my goodness what a great first day.  [My mentee is] a sweet 4th grader.  We introduced ourselves, went through a couple pages of "I'm A Cool Kid".  She gave me a tour of the school (she had a skip in her step).  She introduced me to her teacher and best friend.  We went back and played two games of UNO.  She is smart, engaged well with me, even teasing and fun banter with cards.  She had heard of mentors and saw other kids with one and was glad to have one too.”

Thank you for making mentorship possible! You’re impacting lives and turning around stats in Dayton.
With hope,
The Miami Valley Leadership Foundation Team
P.S. If you’re not already mentoring a student, learn more about becoming a mentor here.

*Sources: Civic Enterprises in association with Hart Research Associates, Dayton Business Journal, Learn to Earn Dayton, Urban Institute and US Census Bureau. Contact our team for specific source information.



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