Survey: More male mentors neededA significant gender gap has opened among mentors statewide and in Duluth, according to recent survey.
By: Budgeteer News staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
A significant gender gap has opened among mentors statewide and in Duluth, according to recent survey.
Twice as many females mentor as males and 29 percent of boys have to wait more than a year to be paired with a mentor, compared to just 5 percent for girls, according to the “State of Mentoring” survey released by Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota.
About 170 young males are on the waitlist at Mentor Duluth, the report says.
“There is a great need in our state for more adults, men in particular, to serve as mentors to the youth in our communities,” Joellen Gonder-Spacek, executive director of Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, said in a news release. “We’ve seen time and again that both youth and adults benefit from quality mentoring relationships.”
In 2011, mentors contributed more than 153,000 hours to help youth across Minnesota, the survey reports, but there are still 250,000 youth in the state that could benefit from a mentor relationship.