High School Students Considered to Be "At Risk" of Failing or Not Graduating High School
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. We serve school districts in suburban and rural areas where there are little to no resources available supporting the social-emotional wellbeing and academic success of struggling students.
Why Only High School Students?
Mentors Care is unique in that we only serve high school students because most mentoring programs for high school students fail or do not flourish. With our specialized, proven program model, Mentors Care has seen large numbers of our students graduate from high school, further their education and become viable, skilled and hardworking employees within our local workforce.
Why Do We Need a Mentoring Program?
It is a common misperception that high schools within our smaller, more rural Texas communities do not have the problems of “at-risk” students, but the reality is, 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 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
- Negatie peer pressure
(For the full list of “at-risk” student criteria visit the Texas Education Agency’s accountability & research page.)