Issue: Mentoring Afterschool

Nurturing students' social, emotional and cognitive development

Afterschool programs are a perfect environment for formal and informal mentoring of young people.

Mentoring is a critical element in every child's social, emotional and cognitive development. It builds a sense of competency, boosts academic performance and broadens horizons. Along with parents, mentors help young people realize their potential by providing them with support, advice, encouragement and friendship. Afterschool programs can utilize federal mentoring funding to create an ideal platform for successful mentoring programs.