Mentorship programs can focus on; developing warm, caring relationships with students, providing insights into careers and academic supports to students through academic tutoring and support. Longitudinal studies indicate that having a mentor may make a significant impact on the academic and lifestyle choices of youth, especially those who are at-risk. According to a report commissioned by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, children with mentors are more likely to express interest in attaining higher educational goals and set higher academic expectations for themselves. This assertion is reflected in the fact that nearly 50 percent of at-risk children who experienced mentorship pursue some form of post secondary education, compared to 29 percent of at-risk children who never worked with a mentor.
The study also shows that the longer a student maintains a relationship with a mentor, the more likely the student is to be positively impacted by the relationship. Additionally, children also find a source of support in mentors that may not be present at home, which leads to improved personal development and academic performance.