We match at-risk students with mentors
Over the course of 8 months, mentors spend approximately 1 hour each week with their respective students, reviewing grades and assignments and assessing strengths and areas for improvement. Our mentors are specially trained and equipped with our proven 24 Talking Points© and other program materials designed to help students develop healthy self-perception and awareness of the many opportunities that abound in the world around them. In short, our mentors are qualified to tend to student social and emotional deficits.
Testimony from a mentor……
“To consistently see my student mentee every week and feel like I’m really making an impact is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done!”
Curriculum guide for students and mentors
Our 24 Talking Points© are designed to motivate students to graduate from high school. But we also help our students develop lifelong patterns of personal-growth that will benefit them all their lives. Here are just a few examples of topics we provide mentors to help in their conversations with their students:
- SCHOOL. WHY?
- WHAT DOES IT COST TO LIVE?
- GOAL SETTING
- WHO INFLUENCES YOU?
Physical Needs Met
Students with special circumstances need a little more assistance to succeed academically. For some, it may be that they are hungry, need school supplies, etc. In those instances, our on-campus staff (and mentors) do whatever they can to provide assistance offering snacks, school supplies, clothing, hygiene items etc. and often times connecting students with available community assistance when their needs overreach our program’s academic and social-emotional learning specialties.
Assistance with future plans
All of our students were at-risk of not graduating at one time or another. Using the curriculum, our mentors meet every week with their respective students directing and guiding them toward graduation. They also help students think about the future after high school.
Our mentors help students identify their individual desires for the future. Then together, they plan out and start taking the necessary steps. The majority of students we serve are trying to cope with domestic hardships on a daily basis in addition to their academic struggles at school. Some of them don’t even know where they will sleep at night or if they will get a meal after school, much less, what they will be doing 10 years after graduation.