Issues Addressed

EMERGE mentors are a valuable resource to mentees dealing with a wide range of issues such as:

  • social anxiety/social skills 

  • generalized anxiety

  • depression

  • grief/loss issues

  • behavioral issues

  • executive functioning and ADHD



Benefits for Youth

Research demonstrates a wide range of benefits for young people involved in mentoring relationships for over one year.  These include:


  • Increased high school graduation rates

  • Lower high school dropout rates

  • Better attitude about school

  • Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices

  • Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations

  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence

  • Improved behavior, both at home and at school

  • Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers

  • Improved interpersonal skills

  • Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use 

Mentoring leads to academic gains for populations that have higher risk of school failure and dropping out.  Research has demonstrated that mentees are 55% more likely to enroll in college, 78% more likely to volunteer regularly and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

For more information about the mentoring program, to register or make a referral, please contact Lawrence Shweky, Executive Director.