Mentoring and guidance counseling have a self-evident connection.
A good cooperation between mentors and school counselors should probably put school counselors in the role of instructors and advisors for the mentors.
Mentors can thereby learn to be counselors for their protégés in affairs that do not require the expertise of a school counselor or may be difficult to notice for a school counselor.
Factors Identifying At-Risk Youth:
- Two or more grades behind in school
- Emerging sexual behavior, early parenting
- Comes from a home where one or both parents didn't finish school
- Discipline problems, detention, suspension
- Economically disadvantaged
- Drug or alcohol abuse by youth or parent(s)
- Unable to get along with teachers
- Outside employment competes with schoolwork
- Comes from welfare or single-parent household
- Criminal justice offender
- Struggling with a language barrier
- Has emotional or physical disabilities
Having one or more of these factors implies that the youth has needs that may or may not be met in
school, home, or in school counseling. The purpose of mentoring is to empower a young person with
the skills to close the gaps in unmet needs in their lives. With the assistance of mentors and other
support services, youth can begin to address personal, school, and home issues.