At Risk High School Students
Mentors Care comes to the aid of high school students considered to be at risk of failing or not graduating from high school due to poor academic performance, which is almost always connected to emotional problems, a lot of which can be addressed with proper guidance and support. We serve school districts in suburban and rural areas where there are little to no resources available supporting the overall wellbeing and academic success of struggling students.
Why Only High School Students?
Mentors Care is unique in that we serve only high school students because most mentoring programs for high school students fail or do not flourish. With our specialized and proven program model, we have seen large numbers of our students graduate from high school, further their education, and become viable and skilled employees within our local workforce.
Why Do We Need a Mentoring Program?
It is a common misconception that high schools within our rural or suburban Texas communities do not have to address the problems often associated with at-risk students, but the reality is that they exist in every community. An at-risk student can be a student failing in classes, socially going down a wrong road, absent from school excessively, or dealing with a struggling home life. The National Center for Education Statistics list the following factors commonly associated with “at-risk” students:
- Living in a single-parent home
- Changing schools at non-traditional times
- Below average grades in middle school
- Being held back in school through grade retention
- Having older siblings who left high school before completion
- Negative peer pressure
For the full list of at-risk student criteria visit the Texas Education Agency’s accountability & research page
Texas has a 21% Drop-Out Rate
Attrition Costs Schools
Approx. $8,600 Per Student Each Year
60% Are Economically
111,177 Are Homeless
These At-Risk High Schoolers:
- Have the highest impact on our high school dropout rate
- Are disconnected from parents, peers and educators
- Are offered few, if any, social programs
- Lack proper support at home and/or at school