Peer-to-peer support and tutoring are vital to improve student well-being and must be included in the conversation regarding student achievement and mental health.
Group mentoring is experienced by peers as a social support network that provides optimal conditions for the development of positive mental health, academic goals, career awareness, and family relationships. Peers naturally mentor each other and benefit from adult mentors during structured group activities. Group mentoring is a cost-efficient way to reach many youth within a school building, recreation center or housing community.
Mentoring has been recognized by researchers for several decades as a critical resource to improve student well-being. Recent research corroborates the need for adult support as a strategy to increase efficacy of coping efforts among youth experiencing high levels of stress (Reife, Duffy, & Grant, 2019).