Why Networking

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Did You Know

1 in 3 young people will grow up without a mentor

  • That means many young people grow up without a coach, teacher, instructor or anyone else who is not their parent to help them transition into adulthood.

Young Adults Who were at Risk but had a mentor were…

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college
  • 78% more likely to volunteer
  • 90% are interested in paying it forward by becoming a mentor
  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions

(The National Mentoring Partnership)

Networking as Social Capital (Ashtiani and Feliciano, 2018)

Social capital is defined as “social relationships that provide access to resources leading to positive outcomes.” Some of the most common types of relationships that create social capital are parents, coaches, teachers, and mentors. The research is overwhelming. All youth benefit from increased access (creating opportunities and increasing availability of social resources in youths’ social networks) and mobilization (the actual usage of a particular social tie). Mentorship is what we do, and it is something we are all incredibly passionate about. Not surprisingly, “mentorship positively predicts academic success in high school and promotes college attendance. Mentors can provide youth with advice, guidance, and information on how to prepare for, apply to, and navigate college.”

Entrepreneurs and Mentorship: A Matter of Collecting Access

According to a 2017 study in Youth & Society, the most important variable in in mentor-mentee, adult-youth relationships is shared interest. Mentorship both increases the chances of youth completing college by 20%, but “by providing caring support, mentors can both challenge negative views that some youth may hold of themselves and demonstrate that positive relationships with adults are possible” (Rhodes, Youth & Society, 2017). 

This is precisely why The Collective Access works to get to know our youths’ dreams and aspirations. We pair them with entrepreneurs or professionals who do exactly what their mentee’s dreams are. After all, who better to learn how to be surgeon than being mentored by one? Have a child who wants to be a dancer? Let’s find them someone who makes a living doing it to mentor them from an early age.

The Collective Access Does Networking and Mentoring

1.     We introduce kids to people, resources, spaces, and organizations they may not be familiar with.

2.     Educate with proven techniques to make good first impressions, remember names, make eye contact, have interesting conversation, and follow up after the introduction.

3.     Find out the young person’s why—what is their dream, why is that their dream, let’s go get that dream!

4.     Using personal contacts to help youth network with industry professionals, find internships, receive guidance, and gain employment.

5.     Provide one-on-one mentorship with highly successful professionals who already do what the young person’s dream is.

6.     We provide education, guidance, and help build confidence so that our youth are empowered to become the best version of themselves.

7.     We demonstrate that giving back and paying it forward are a major part of personal and professional success.

Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.