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Youth Having Mentor For At Least 9 Months

From 2009-2010, there were at least 1,552 youth-adult mentoring relationships lasting 9+ months.

Significance of Indicator: Although nearly 17.6 million young people in America need or want a mentor, only 3 million are in a formal, high-quality mentoring relationship. (Source: www.mentoring.org) A student that has a supportive adult or mentor is more likely to attend school, perform better academically, and graduate high school.

what the data tell us

Definition: The number of youth who have a one on one mentoring relationships for at least 9 consecutive months in length, with the same mentor.

Data Source: United Way for Greater Austin, Mentoring Survey, 2010

Data Considerations: This survey was administered to mentoring organizations in Travis County. The data was compiled with information from the following organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters, River City Youth Foundation, Manor ISD Project Mentor, The Seedling Foundation, Communities in Schools of Central Texas, Con Mi Madre, and Girl Scouts of Central Texas. This survey will continue to be conducted on an annual basis.

The story behind the data

There are various factors that can contribute to low birth weight, including inadequate prenatal care. In 2006, nearly 40% of all Travis County mothers began prenatal care after the first trimester or received no prenatal care. A lack of or delayed prenatal care was more prevalent for Hispanic mothers (54.3% of all Hispanic mothers) and African American mothers (43.6% of all African American mothers). Rates of uninsured in Travis County are lower than the state, but still well above the national rate, with an estimated 22% of the population lacking health insurance. (Source: Travis County Health and Human Services: 2009 Community Impact Report)

Local efforts to improve the indicator

A closer look at the data

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One on One Mentoring Relationships in Travis County

From September 30, 2009 to September 30, 2010 there were 1, 772 one on one mentoring relationships in Travis County that had lasted at least 9 months. The majority of mentoring relationships were between an elementary and/or a middle school age youth and an adult volunteer. Anecdotal information indicates that as children get older, particularly by the time they are in high school, youth become more interested in specialized mentoring relationships related to college and careers.

Definition: One on one mentoring relationships in Travis County, as of December 2010

Data Source: United Way Capital Area, Mentoring Survey, 2010

Data Considerations: The Mentoring Survey was administered to mentoring organizations in Travis County. The data in this survey includes information from the following organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters, River City Youth Foundation, Manor ISD Project Mentor, Seedling Foundation, Communities in Schools of Central Texas, Con Mi Madre, and Girl Scouts of Central Texas.

Number of Mentors and Youth on a Wait List

As of December 2010, there were 643 children and youth on a wait list for a mentor and 15 mentors on a wait list, signifying the need for mentors in Travis County. In future surveys, additional questions will be asked regarding the child's age, gender, and race.

Definition: Mentors and children/youth on a wait list in Travis County, as of December 2010

Data Source: United Way Capital Area, Mentoring Survey, 2010

Data Considerations: The survey was administered to mentoring organizations in Travis County. The data in this survey includes information from the following organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters, River City Youth Foundation, Manor ISD Project Mentor, Seedling Foundation, Communities in Schools of Central Texas, Con Mi Madre, and Girl Scouts of Central Texas.