Make A Difference In A Teen’s Life: Here’s What You Can Do!

Make A Difference In A Teen’s Life: Here’s What You Can Do!

In a world where academic success and career advancement are essential markers of progress, the journey to success can be intimidating for many young people. Mentoring and tutoring can make a difference for pupils who need extra support and guidance to achieve their aspirations. 

Young people today face many challenges that can negatively affect their academic and personal growth. GT Scholars was started with the mission of helping young people to unlock their potential and talents to achieve academic and career aspirations. Through our programmes, including one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, we have managed to empower many students across the UK to achieve their educational and personal goals. 

You may be wondering how YOU can make a difference in the lives of young people. This blog will share the impact that mentors and tutors can have on the attainment and success of young people today. 

Empower Young People To Overcome Challenges

These days, young people face many challenges in their day-to-day lives. These can range from financial constraints in their families to the mental health struggles they experience as developing young adults. One of the most significant challenges young people face is the overwhelming pressure to excel academically and secure a successful career path. Also, this pressure can also lead to burnout, anxiety and a lack of confidence which further worsens their stress, making it harder for them to achieve their goals. 

Any combination of these challenges can become obstacles that make it difficult for young people to stay motivated and focused on their studies or goals. This is why mentors and tutors play an important role in the success of young people. Support from mentors and tutors can make a difference to a young person being challenged in these ways.

Guide Young Minds To Achieve Their Goals And Aspirations

For young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, a lack of access to quality educational resources and mentorship opportunities can magnify these challenges. That is why, many young people in these circumstances also struggle with navigating the complex education system and job market. They often feel unsupported and uncertain about their future. But mentorship can make a difference in this. 

Through mentorship, young people can receive guidance, support and encouragement that can make a difference in achieving their goals. As a mentor, you can offer advice on how to tackle goals. You can also help students stay focused by checking in on their progress and keeping them accountable for the goals they have set for themselves. Also, you can help them to identify areas of improvement or be a source of inspiration by sharing your achievements and encouraging them to believe in themselves. 

Be A Positive Role Model

As a mentor or tutor, you are a living example of what is possible to some of the students you will work with. Your personal experiences, achievements and journey will inspire young people to also aspire to reach their full potential. Your actions, behaviours and decisions can serve as guidance for them. The positive attributes you demonstrate and share such as determination, resilience, integrity, and compassion can make a difference in how they navigate their own path to success.

Young people become more motivated to achieve their own goals when they connect with someone who is an achiever. Your encouragement, support and belief in their potential will shape their attitudes and beliefs about themselves, which can positively affect their success. The impact of a role model extends beyond real-time interactions and can shape the trajectory of young people’s lives.

By embodying positive traits and serving as a source of inspiration and guidance, you play a crucial role in empowering young people to realise their potential and achieve success in all aspects of their lives.

Cultivate Academic Success

Tutors and mentors can make a difference in enabling academic achievement for young people. Tutoring is an effective way to provide additional support to students who may be struggling academically. By providing personalised support, targeted instruction and valuable resources to students, you can narrow achievement gaps between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds as a tutor. 

According to a study by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, students who have a mentor are 55% more likely to enrol in college. Another study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology revealed that students who received tutoring demonstrated significant improvements in their grades compared to those who did not receive tutoring. This research indicates that students who received tutoring support achieved higher grades in their courses.

Foster Emotional And Social Well-Being

Through mentoring and tutoring, you can help young people develop their social and emotional health. By taking on one of these roles, you can offer more than just academics and create a safe, nurturing environment where students feel appreciated and understood. Also, mentors and tutors act as positive role models through compassion and respect which promotes emotional stability and a sense of belonging. 

In this environment, you can make a difference in the lives of scholars by building a positive relationship with them. They may feel comfortable expressing themselves, sharing their problems, and developing critical social skills. The relationship between a mentor and mentee can help young people become more resilient and confident. This is because they experience empathy, support and receive feedback. By continuing in this supportive relationship, mentors lay the groundwork for the long-term emotional and social health of young people. 

Help Young People To Maximise Their Opportunities

By mentoring young people you can make the difference in how motivated they feel to maximise the opportunities before them. A study by the National Mentoring Partnership found that mentored youth are 81% more likely to engage in regular extracurricular activities. This shows that mentorship can empower young people to actively participate in diverse opportunities for personal and professional growth. 

Besides this, mentorship influences long-term success. Young people who have mentors are 78% more likely to volunteer regularly and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions. Also, employees who have a mentor are promoted five times more than those who do not. These statistics prove how you can make a difference through mentoring young people. Generally, some students do not realise they need help or that there are ways to receive it. Many students might not be aware that they need maths a tutor or personal mentor to help them overcome the challenges they are facing or achieve their high aspirations. 

Offer Individualised Support To Help Them Build Confidence

Individualised support is essential when trying to help young people develop their self-confidence. Students who receive one-on-one support and encouragement, through academic tutoring or mentorship, are more likely to have the tools they need to overcome obstacles and trust their own skills. In education, individual support makes a big difference for pupils. By getting to know the specific learning preferences and needs of their student, a tutor or mentor can offer intentional guidance and support. As a result, it will promote the academic success and personal development of the pupils. Eventually, as the students continue to succeed their confidence is boosted and they feel more self-assured. 

By becoming a mentor or tutor, you can empower young people to unlock their potential and achieve success. Through personalised guidance, encouragement and support, you can directly influence their confidence and resilience. Hence, you will be helping them build a strong growth mindset to thrive in their personal and professional lives. A growth mindset helps them to understand that focusing on personal development will likely lead them to good results. You can read more about this in our blog post on developing a growth mindset.

A Success Story Of Tutoring And Mentoring At GT Scholars

The GT Scholars Programme aims to assist every child to access the needed support to reach their goals. One of the exceptional success stories of the GT Scholars Bright Ambitions programme is Faith. She participated in the year-long programme which involved tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes. This programme helps young people gain the skills, strategies and support they need to get top grades, get into top universities or enter competitive careers. 

Through this programme, Faith felt more confident in participating in her class and pursuing her goal of studying medicine. Her mentor helped her work towards her goals by providing her with what she needed to achieve her goals. Additionally, she also felt that her tutor was supportive, understanding and patient. And this helped her achieve a higher grade in Maths. You can read more about her experience with GT Scholars at this link

This is why we need YOU!

Our scholars are eager to learn and achieve their goals. However, they need guidance and support from undergraduates, graduates, and professionals like you. We believe that you could make a difference in a young person’s life, and that’s why we would like to invite you to join the GT Scholars Volunteer Programme by clicking here.

Just one hour a week could make a huge difference in a young person’s life. Your support could help our scholars reach their full potential and gain entry into top universities. We know that you have the power to make a difference, and you can start your journey to helping young people by clicking this link to sign up for the programme.

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