Benefiting Underprivileged Youth through Mentorship


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With an extensive career as a financial professional, Janina Casey has served as director and managing director of equity sales for three wealth management companies in the past two decades. Outside of work, Janina Casey mentored and sponsored two high school students through to their graduation from a private school.

Studies show that student mentorship programs have highly beneficial immediate and long-term effects on youth in need of support. These include both educational and behavioral benefits. For example, a 1995 study of the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program showed that mentored students had higher grades and completed more assignments than their fellow students who were not mentored. Young people in other types of mentoring programs also had better school attendance and more positive attitudes towards school.

Another BBBS study found that mentored youth were less likely to use drugs and alcohol than their peers, and an Across Ages mentoring program study revealed that the life skills that children and teenagers gained from participating in its programs helped them to avoid drug and alcohol abuse. Furthermore, other research has uncovered a decrease in violent and delinquent behavior in mentored youth.