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 or senior peers that support students and help them reach their potential educational outcomes.

Success Mentors are often teachers, social workers, school counselors, administrative staff, tutors, youth advocates, and Community School Directors.

The Challenge:

One in five New York City students is chronically absent, missing more than 18+ days of school during the school year. Missing school drastically affects a student's learning and outcomes in academics and connectedness with their community.


Research shows that chronically absent students who have been assigned a Success Mentor gain, on average, 13+ days of school compared to the year prior. The significant jump helps students exit chronic absenteeism. Students who attend school regularly and are not chronically absent are more likely to have higher GPAs, more likely to attend college, and feel more connected to their school community.

Read more: Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism [report]

Success Mentoring: Combating Chronic Absence in NYC Schools

Learn more about Success Mentoring in NYC Schools

“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

My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Mentoring Program

Resources for Success Mentors

Success Mentor Guide

Learn more about the work of Success Mentors in NYC

Mentoring Resources

Explore effective mentoring strategies, activities to do with mentees, and more here

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

Success Mentor Connection HUB

Success Mentor Community of Practice Conversations

Success Mentor Community of Practice Conversations are a monthly call for all Success Mentors working within our NYC Community Schools to collaborate, share effective practices, and troubleshoot issues. Check out the December Opportunities!

Join Our Community Directory

Collaborate and get support from other Success Mentors according to grade level and borough

Promising Practices

An ongoing list of promising practices in Success Mentoring from across NYC Community Schools

Get in Touch

Send questions or comments to Nikki Lin at


Success Mentor SY 19-20 PDs Published Online

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Design and Manage a Quality Mentoring Program:

Elements of Effective Practices

Our affiliates at Mentor New York offer a free, comprehensive full-day training for individuals interested in starting a mentoring program. Some of the topics include:

  • Mentor Recruitment

  • Training

  • Design and Mentoring Models

Online Trainings Available HERE

View the latest from Attendance Works and ways to get your school involved in an attendance campaign.

More information

Mentor Motivation

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

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."

Read more

Kevin Durant: Be a Mentor

Opportunities Archive

Youth Voice Awards: Small Grants for Youth-led Projects

Brooklyn Youth Activists: Learn More

Mentoring Program at the Center

Youth Social Justice Internship

Nominate a Success Mentor

Nominations for Mentor New York's annual Mentor of the Year (MOTY) Awards.

Nominate them for the 2019 Mentor of the Year Awards!

Call for Proposals: Toward the Science of Mentoring

12th Annual Mentoring Conference, The University of New Mexico

Monday, October 21st – Friday, October 25th, 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Learn more about the conference

Submit a proposal