“My parents never tell me, "Don't drink." It's just assumed. Instead, they have higher expectations of me and teach me the laws. I know that there's too much to lose over being irresponsible. I can't think of any specific instances, but my parents and I have always had a trusting relationship.” 

~ Jared, Sophomore

 

According to SADD’s Teens Today research, 46 percent of teens with a mentor (e.g., parent, other family member, other adult) reported a high sense of self versus 25 percent of teens who did not identify a natural mentor in their lives. Additionally, teens with mentors reported that they are significantly more likely than teens without mentors to challenge themselves by taking positive risks (38 percent versus 28 percent), such as joining an athletic team or volunteering to perform community service. They are also more likely to avoid alcohol and drug use.