For more than ten years, research has demonstrated that carefully structured well-run mentoring programs can positively affect social behavioral and academic outcomes for at-risk people.
Research has also shown how mentoring works through the development of a trusting relationship between the mentor and mentee. An adult mentor who provides consistent nonjudgmental support and guidance can lead to positive outcomes for Bridge Prison Ministry participants. The participants are far much better, in terms of program retention and employment.
Bridge Prison Ministry mentors offer practical support by helping participants set goals, cope with stress and everyday challenges in life. Mentoring plays an important role in keeping the participant involved in the program, church, their community, employed and less likely to recidivate.