Mentoring programs guarantee young people that there is someone who genuinely cares about them and is there for them whenever they need. By assisting in day-to-day challenges, mentors make young people feel like they really matter and like they are not alone. Research has proven that mentoring programs that provide quality relationships have a powerful and positive effect on young people. Their personal, academic, and professional lives benefit greatly from having a role model and a shoulder to lean on when times get tough. Mentoring programs help with personal growth and development of both the mentor and the mentored.