The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network’s Youth Success! Mentoring program kicks off at Carnation Elementary School and Opstad Elementary School in North Bend this fall. Mentoring is a positive youth development strategy that is one of the most effective and economical dropout prevention strategies. Research shows that having the positive influence of a mentor makes a real difference in the life of a youth. In general, kids with mentors: have better school attendance and improved GPA, report improved parent and peer relationships, are 46% less likely to initiate drug use and 27% less likely to use alcohol, and are 33% less likely to engage in physical violence.