Jordan Forb Apr 5 at 10:09pm Manage Discussion Entry You must then post 2 replies of at least 150 words. For each thread, you must support your assertions with at least 1 scholarly citation and 1 biblical citation in the current APA format. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include the textbook, peer-reviewed journals, the Bible, etc. Role of a Mentor in Adolescents Mentoring can be defined as the relationship between two individuals, a senior and a junior. The senior one usually offers guidance and help to the junior one to help them overcome certain tricky situations. “Youth mentoring programs vary widely, but most seek to create a caring relationship between mentees and mentors” (Rhodes,2020, pg3). Adolescents need every help they can get at their stage of life. Transitioning into adulthood is usually a challenging time for everyone. With proper mentorship, adolescents can develop into honorable members of society who live and conform to their expected standards. Most mentors aim to influence the behavioral aspect of adolescents positively. Adolescents are faced with the vulnerability of adopting non-pleasant behaviors such as engaging in drug and alcohol abuse, through peer pressure. The idea of seeming cool in the eyes of their peers might mean developing unnecessary behavior, mostly along the line of alcohol and drug abuse. A mentor will advise against this behavior as they have already been through that phase and managed to overcome it. A study in America shows that only 6.2 percent of adolescents with mentors engaged in substance abuse compared to 11.4 percent of those without mentors (Rhodes,2020, pg9). Proper guidance by a mentor can create a conducive learning environment for adolescents. Mentoring programs in schools have improved school attendance and performance among mentees. The attitude of these students also seemed to improve as they become more engaged in classrooms. In the religious aspect of things, mentors have helped troubled adolescents and youth throughout their journey in faith. Most religious teachings are difficult to comprehend and require the assistance of a mentor to understand fully. Religious mentors offer advice to adolescents about life in general and help them become lovable and respected community members. “Wisdom is with the aged and understanding in length of days” (Job 12:12 KJV). References Bible, K. J. (1996). King James Bible (Vol. 19). ProQuest LLC. Rhodes, J. E. (2020). Older and wiser. Harvard University Press. William, I enjoyed reading your discussion and completely agree that adolescents need guidance as one transitions into adulthood. Not only is there a concern of drug use in adolescents, but the usage of alcohol is very common with 60 percent of seniors utilizing alcohol at some point (Siegel & Welsh, 2017). With as many drugs on the market such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, and alcohol, having a positive mentor can deter adolescents from succumbing to illegal substances. Although mentoring to adolescents is important, there are also mentorship programs for parents as well that can directly correlate with the youth. If parents have a strong mentorship, parents can become better guides for one's children and guide adolescents towards positive decisions. Parents can also teach their children about God, which can help with their child becoming a better leader and decision maker. When children have strong mentors, God says, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth" (3 John 1:4, ESV). Great discussion! Crossway Bibles. (2001). Holy bible: English standard version. Siegel, L. J., & Welsh, B. (2017). Juvenile Delinquency: The Core (6th ed.). Cengage Learning.