Research suggests that some baseline mentor and youth characteristics are predictive of match length, including mentor age and mentee risk status characteristics (Grossman & Rhodes, 2002; Grossman et al., 2012).
Unfortunately, nearly half of volunteer mentoring relationships terminate prematurely, often because the volunteer no longer wants to or is able to serve (Herrera et al., 2007). Here are some reasons that relationships fail. If you are beginning to feel overwhelmed or frustrated, seek support from the program to improve the relationship and avoid an early termination.[faq category=25 template=accordion]
Some pairs may simply lack chemistry and the relationships gradually give way to other demands.
In other instances, adolescents may terminate relationships in response to what they perceive as unsupportive, disappointing, or overly demanding mentors.
Others may become frustrated with logistical challenges, or discover that the investment required is too much, particularly if their mentoring responsibilities are interfering with work and family obligations (Freedman, 1993; Omoto & Snyder,1995).
Volunteers can become easily discouraged if the experience does not match their expectations (Spencer, 2007). Some volunteers may be disappointed by what they perceive as lack of improvement or appreciation on the part of their