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The Power of Mentoring


of teachers believe every student can benefit from a mentor.

Gradient Learning Poll 2022

What is a mentor?

A mentor is a trusted adult who gets to know and supports a student to pursue and achieve their academic goals.

Now more than ever, student social and emotional well-being is a top priority for educators. With a sense of urgency spurred by the pandemic, school and district leaders are seeking new and innovative ways to keep students engaged and supported in and outside of the classroom.According to MENTOR, young adults who have a mentor are:

  • 55% less likely to skip school

  • 78% more likely to volunteer in their community

  • 130% more likely to hold a leadership position

The consensus is clear: mentoring matters.

“Regardless of the structure, staffing, and goals of the program, mentoring programs in schools have shown to be a cost-efficient way of increasing the positive relationships students have in their lives, while also having the potential to boost factors that can lead to educational success.”

National Mentoring Resource Center

What teachers are saying

According to the Gradient Learning Poll, which surveyed 1,418 educators across the country.

Does one-on-one mentoring provide value to your students?

  • YES88%
  • NO12%
  • Yes

  • No


Does mentoring help your students develop greater confidence and self- efficacy in their ability to direct their own learning?

  • YES83%
  • NO17%

Does being part of a mentoring program at your school give you a feeling of success, satisfaction, and pride?

  • YES85%
  • NO15%

Does mentoring positively impact your school’s overall success in student achievement?

  • YES79%
  • NO21%

“I like getting to know my students as humans rather than just as students. I enjoy being a mentor and seeing them grow and succeed over the year.”

Middle School Teacher, TX

Nationwide results

1,418 teachers of Grades 4-12 surveyed

We surveyed 1,418 teachers across the country to better understand their views on the state of education. By measuring teacher sentiment, we’re informing communities across the country about how they can best support educators.

Type of teachers

  • Classroom, 85%
  • Special education, 11%
  • Other, 4%


  • Teach in rural communities, 30%
  • Teach in suburban communities, 42%
  • Teach in urban communities, 28%