BEST Kids Mentoring Program is guided by the belief that all children are talented. Through our one-on-one volunteer mentoring, our extensive training, staff support and our experiential-learning-based peer group, we encourage our youth to discover and develop their unique skills and abilities. Beginning with children as young as six and continuing, as needed, until adulthood, BEST Kids Mentoring Program works to enable youth to develop a positive sense of self, to acquire teamwork and group social skills, and to become productive members of society.
BEST Kids is a nonprofit mentoring organization that empowers youth in foster care to build better futures, one child at a time.
Every aspect of our programming is designed to reach positive outcomes for the children and youth we serve including academic achievement, social and emotional well-being, the avoidance of risky behaviors, and the development of independent living skills. BEST Kids also strives to incorporate the involvement of parents/caregivers in the attainment of each of these outcomes. Here are just a few statistics from our program surveys completed by youth, mentors, and caregivers:
Social and Emotional Wellness:
Social and Emotional Wellness:
- 73.3% of mentors have observed that as a result of mentoring, their mentee’s social skills have increased, while 88.9% of caregivers have witnessed this increase in social skills in their child as an outcome of mentoring.
- 93.3% of mentors observe an increased empowerment in their mentee as do 100% of their mentee's caregivers.
- 93.3% of mentors see an increase in the youth’s positive identity as a result of mentoring, as does 100% of caregivers.
- Mentees demonstrate an increase in academic achievement after a year of mentoring. At 0 to 6 months of mentoring, 37.5% of mentees perceive themselves to have high scholastic competency, but after a year of mentoring 60.0% of mentees feel that they are achieving high scholastic competency.
- Youth’s grades showed an increase as a result; at 0-6 months 62.0% of youth report having high grades (All As and Bs), but after one year of mentoring, 88.57% of youth reported having high grades.
- 94.4% of caregivers report seeing an increase in critical life skills in their child as a product of mentoring.
- After a year of mentoring, 100% of mentors and caregivers report that the youth feel increased support in their everyday lives.
- Of mentors who have worked with their mentees for over a year, 80% of them have noticed a decrease in their mentee’s risky behavior.
Derrick has experienced a lot of turmoil in his personal and home life, but Alisha has been with him every step of the way. Alisha has been advocating for him to be reevaluated at school, so that he can get necessary therapy and a better education. Once a month, Derrick and Alisha select a person to interview together to learn about possible future career options or hobbies that Derrick is interested in. Alisha has been with Derrick through so many changes in his life, and she continues to help him realize how important he is. People in Derrick’s life have reported numerous positive changes in him since he has been matched with Alisha, including an increase in self-esteem, life skills, and his commitment to learning.