Success Mentors

Success Mentors partner with chronically absent youth to address the barriers that keep them from attending school every day. They are caring adults that support students and help them reach their potential educational outcomes. Success Mentors can be school staff, Community School partners and staff, and senior students.

“He’s the only person that actually made me care more, the only person that made me come to school more than what I was, the only person that made me think positive, rather than negative."

- NYC Student


Research shows that chronically absent students who have been assigned a Success Mentor gain 9+ days of school during the year. This significant jump helps students exit chronic absenteeism (missing more than 18+ days of school in the year). Students who attend school regularly and are not chronically are more likely to have higher GPAs, more likely to attend college, and feel more connected to their school community.

Community Forum (coming soon)

Curriculum Booklet (coming soon)

Our Partners

Start a Success Mentoring Program in Your School

Learn about current programs in NYC Community Schools and find resources to begin a Success Mentoring program. Explore here.

Mentor Motivation

Learn about the impact of mentors and the important work being done to support youth in mentorships.

My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Mentoring Program

Nadia Lopez in Brownsville

The Atlantic: What it Takes to Mentor Poor Kids

July 25, 2017

"She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter."

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Kevin Durant: Be a Mentor