Dr. Marion H. Martinez was appointed as the assistant superintendent of Clinton Public Schools in Connecticut. Most recently, Dr. Martinez served as the superintendent of Binghamton City Schools in New York. As a school superintendent, Marion H. Martinez has worked on establishing mentoring programs and ensuring that all students have mentors.
Mentoring programs provide an adult presence in the lives of young people. At its core, mentoring assures young people that they are not alone in tackling daily challenges and that someone cares about them.
Through the years, mentoring has been proven to yield positive results. Studies show that young people who regularly meet with mentors are 27 percent less likely to start drinking alcohol and 46 percent less likely to start using illegal drugs. Another study found that mentors were able to instill positive traits in adolescents. Mentored young people have greater tendencies to build effective, trusting relationships with their parents.
Mentoring also has a profound effect among young adults who are at risk. At-risk youths who received mentoring are 55 percent more likely to enter college, 78 percent more likely to engage in volunteer activities, and 130 percent more likely to hold leadership positions.