The Power of Relationships: How and Why American Adults Step Up to Mentor the Nation’s Youth is the most comprehensive picture of what adults think about mentoring kids who are not their own. This is a follow-up to MENTOR’s 2014 report, The Mentoring Effect, which is the most comprehensive look at young people’s views on and engagement with mentoring.

The research shows what we see every day across the country but not enough in our national discourse: When adults are given a bridge, they are overwhelmingly willing to cross it for the young people in their communities. It also powerfully portrays the importance of training and supporting adults to be at their best when mentoring young people so we can maximize the positive results of these relationships.