We have many programs at our school to support students in the journey through high school and guide them in making choices about life after high school – one of these is the Patriot Pairs Mentoring Program.
This is an adult/student mentoring program offered to students who qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program and who do not have a parent who attended a four year college. Students take a special advisory class that provides each student with assistance in goal setting, study skills, study group participation, note taking skills, and other essential academic and personal skills. Once a week students meet one-on-one with their trained adult mentors who help them succeed at GW by checking in with them on how classes are going, assisting them with study skills, fostering good attendance and study habits, teaching them how to work with teachers and counselors, providing encouragement and accountability, and building a relationship by talking about school, life outside of school and the future.
According to the The National Mentoring Project, an organization that advocates for mentoring programs, young adults who were at risk for falling off track but had a mentor are:
- 55% more likely to enroll in college
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
- 90% are interested in becoming a mentor
- 30% more likely to hold leadership positions
and, according to The National Mentoring Project:
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are¬ 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.
- Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.
- 76% of at-risk young adults who had a mentor aspire to enroll in and graduate from college versus half of at-risk young adults who had no mentor.¬ They are also more likely to be enrolled in college.
Patriot Pairs is currently seeking mentors and mentees for the 2016-2017 school year. If you would like to more information you can go to their website HERE or email Caren Press firstname.lastname@example.org.