During adolescence, teens can be lured into all sorts of unhealthy experiences, including drug use. Although teens might know the risks that come with substance use, sexual activity, and other risky behavior, peer pressure can be a powerful force that leads them to make an unhealthy choice.
Yet, when teens have positive influences in their lives, such as mentors, they are more likely to make choices that mirror the behavior of the healthy adults in their lives. And this is especially true when the relationship between a teen and their mentor is positive, encouraging, and nurturing. In fact, research shows that mentors, no matter what area of life – career, health, school, spirituality – can dramatically improve a teen’s ability to succeed and achieve.
Mentoring is a partnership between two people (i.e., your teen and the mentor). Mentoring provides teens with the opportunity to think about how they are growing, learning, and developing. It gives teens the chance to think about the choices they are making for themselves and reflect upon the consequences of those choices.
Transcend wishes to enrich and protect families from the risks of substance use by supporting not only men and women, but also their teens and young adults. Transcend recognizes that the biggest contributor to the success of mentoring is the relationship between the mentee and the mentor. It is this relationship that helps an at-risk youth have experiences they might not have had before. For instance, a teen is more likely to feel heard, seen, and understood with a mentor in their lives. They might feel safe to discuss their emotions versus push them away through the use of substances.
And it’s not only the high quality relationship that a teen has with a mentor, but Transcend also uses a three prong design, which includes connecting teens to positive resources, creating a family action plan, and keeping teens accountable. This design keeps teens on track and focused on their goals. Here are a few benefits of adolescent mentoring:
- Increased participation in academics.
- Better grades.
- Higher aspirations for the future.
- Involvement in and care for their community.
- Improved interpersonal skills.
- Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers.
- More involvement in preparing for college and their future.
- Avoidance of drugs and alcohol.
- Enhanced self esteem and self confidence.
- Healthier lifestyle choices.
Furthermore, research shows when there is a positive relationship in a teen’s life they are more likely to make the changes they want to make. Many teens struggle with the substances and don’t know how to respond to the pressures of their peers. Yet, adolescent mentoring can help strengthen a teen’s self-esteem, empowerment, and confidence.
With the guidance of a Transcend mentor, a teen might find the ability to set clear boundaries among their peers, especially those who are offering them drugs or encouraging them to drink or use drugs. With a mentor, a teen might have the self-confidence to say no to a friend versus giving into peer pressure. Adolescent mentoring with Transcend Recovery Community can help teens keep temptations of substance use and other risky behavior at bay.
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