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July 2, 2015
Think back to your youth. Can you remember the adults that had the most impact on your life, or the lack thereof? Our lives are often shaped by the people that take an active interest in us and support us on the way to becoming adults.
Role models, mentors, supportive relationships, friends, family, and teachers - whatever you call them, they all have the same purpose: to help kids succeed in school and life.
According to Merriam-Webster, a role model is “a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others.” Based on this definition, a role model can either be a good influence or a bad influence in someone's life. Since positive role models “can powerfully influence the course and quality of adolescents' lives,” the rest of this blog post will focus on them.
To put it simply, children who have good role models or mentors are more likely to become good, productive members of society.
According to mentoring.org:
It's been proven that youth who were matched with mentors reported lower levels of substance use and initiation, less physical aggression, more positive parent and peer relationships, and higher scholastic competence, attendance, and grades (infed.org). Additionally, Search Institute has identified other adult relationships and adult role models as 2 of the 40 building blocks of healthy development for youth aged 12-18.
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