WHO WE SERVE

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, we have 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 misconception 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 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
  • Negatie peer pressure

(For the full list of “at-risk” student criteria visit the Texas Education Agency’s accountability & research page.)

Texas has a 24% Attrition Rate Among High School Students

Student Attrition Costs School
Districts Approximately $8,600 Per Student Each Year

60% Are Economically
Disadvantaged

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 social-emotional support at home and/or at school