It is well established that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of ways. Mentoring provides assurance to young people that there is someone who cares about them - they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day issues. It provides them with confidence in facing and tacking life challenges. It makes them feel like they matter. By connecting young people to personal growth & development, career development, social and economic opportunities, mentoring provides hope for and line-of-sight to a better and more productive future. Yet research suggests that one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.