Mentoring Towards College is an intervention-based mentoring and match support program, designed to track the grades, attendance, discipline and survey-based outcomes of students involved as mentees (Littles) in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
The comprehensive program strategically focuses on college readiness to help reduce and ultimately eliminate the achievement gap for under-represented students in the 4th – 12th grades through the use of a grade-specific curriculum (i.e., activities, workshops, and roadmaps) facilitated by volunteer mentors.
The program empowers the mentors (Bigs) and mentees (Littles) to work jointly together to explore and achieve success throughout their matriculation through their secondary education leading to post secondary success. The program provides hands-on activities, workshops and presentations for Littles to reach age appropriate goals through the provision of experiential learning for youth, parent engagement, and purposeful match activities.
RESULTS after 12 months of mentoring:
92.5% of students involved in the program reported sustained positive or improved attitudes regarding graduating high school on time
88% improved attitudes about obtaining positive educationally-related outcomes
78% made improvements in scholastic competence
72.8% students report higher levels of scholastic competence
63.6% made improvements in performance in core subjects
56% improved in overall GPA
39% decreased in chronic school tardiness over three years
17% decreased in unexcused absences.
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