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.
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.
“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 Connection HUB
Success Mentor Conversations are a monthly call for all Success Mentors working within our NYC Community Schools to collaborate, share effective practices, and troubleshoot issues.
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
- Design and Mentoring Models
The next training dates are:
- Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
- Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Learn about the impact of mentors and the important work being done to support youth in mentorships.
Nadia Lopez in Brownsville
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."
Kevin Durant: Be a Mentor