Mentoring Resources for Businesses

Volunteerism is a key component of many companies' philanthropic and community affairs programs and youth mentoring is a great way for workplaces to contribute to the economic and social strength of local communities. Corporate volunteerism can be a triple win by helping people in the community, giving employees a chance to shine, and benefiting the company by showcasing their commitment to the community through giving back to it. 

Benefits of Youth Mentoring for Mentees, Businesses and Employees:

  • Mentoring helps foster employee engagement, retention, and recruitment efforts
  • Mentoring enables companies to cultivate and develop the future workforce
  • Mentoring supports vibrant communities, which includes viable customers
  • Mentoring improves recruitment and employee retention, and provides opportunities to attract a diverse workforce

Statistics Support Corporate Volunteer Programs:

  • 92% of the surveyed corporate executives encouraged their employees to become involved in community service activities
  • More than 50% of respondents acknowledged a connection between corporate volunteer programs and profitability. An even higher percentage reported a connection between corporate volunteer programs and factors that effect profitability (ie: teamwork, morale, productivity, etc)
  • 80% of the surveyed businesses agreed that their corporate volunteer programs improved employee retention rates; while 90% noted that their corporate volunteer programs helped build teamwork skills and improved morale among current employees
  • 50% of corporate respondents made community service a part of their mission statement

*Source: Corporate Volunteer Programs: Benefits to Business, Report No. 1029.

Creative Ways for Businesses to Get Involved:

  • Encourage employees to become mentors
  • During lunch, invite local mentoring organizations to provide a short presentation at your business
  • Develop supportive and flexible volunteer policies for employees in school-based mentoring programs
  • Include the Iowa Mentoring Partnership's website ( in company newsletters or local papers
  • Select an employee from your company to serve as a liaison to a local mentoring program
  • Highlight current employees who mentor through an internal communication system, media outlet and/or recognition event (i.e. mentor banquet, gift certificates, t-shirts, employee of the month, prime parking space, mentor pins)
  • Donate office facilities for local mentoring organizations to hosts meetings, trainings and/or events
  • Offer grants or scholarships to mentoring programs and participants
  • Volunteer to speak to a group of mentees about your career and how you got to where you are today
  • Collect/donate items needed by local mentoring organizations
  • Donate your professional expertise to an organization that mentors young people
  • Donate tickets to movies, the theater or sporting events to mentors and mentees

Click here for more information on how businesses can become involved in mentoring.

Printed from the website on March 19, 2018 at 1:54am.