I would have to say, YES THEY DO WORK !!! I had a young man come up to me this year and thank me for mentoring him on his first turkey hunt 4 years ago. This year he came back as a mentor himself to teach other kids about the sport. We had 5 hunters return as mentors this year, after being taught from our youth/LTH programs. His statement of thanks for teaching him something he'd of never gotten to do on his own, is worth every minute you spend on these hunts. Granted, some of the people continue to hunt and some don't. Life deals things in many different ways, but a lot of these kids only get that chance to do it once, but it plants a seed in them that a few come back to it after a time and really then get involved in hunting after a short time away from it. It lights a fire in you that you can't put out, it may smolder a few years, but more times than not it flames back up. I've had a lot of folks say they haven't hunted in years but would love to get back into it. Programs like these not only help the young, but they also help people that have drifted away from hunting for some seasons, it builds that fire back up into them and gets them started again.
WI Youth & LTH Mentor
Dodge Co. NWTF