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Many students make the decision to drop out of high school because they lack support and a positive role model who can help them see the value of their education and how their class work relates to their future goals.  Mentoring is proven to have a positive impact on youth, including encouraging them to attend school regularly, explore potential career paths, graduate from high school, and pursue higher education.

Educators who participated in American Graduate teacher town hall meetings across the U.S. in 2012 said that mentoring was a significantly influential factor in helping students succeed, only behind smaller class sizes and as important as up-to-date technology. 
A new report released by Mentor this month finds the following:

At-risk young adults who had a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.

At risk young adults who had a mentor are 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities than those who did not have a mentor.

At risk young adults who had a mentor are more than twice as likely to hold a leadership position in a club, sports team, school council or other group.

At risk young adults with mentors are 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities than those with a mentor.


Browse through the playlist below to learn more about the American Graduate partner organizations involved in mentoring. Consider becoming a mentor with the organization is best suited for you.

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Posse Foundation
Posse Foundation Posse Foundation on 2013 American Graduate Day Read more
Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement Junior Achievement on American Graduate Day 2013 Read more
Excelencia in Education
College for Every Student
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Boys & Girls Clubs of America                           Read more
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Brothers Big Sisters of America- the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network   Read more
City Year
City Year City Year partners with schools and teachers to place trained young adults in schools where they’re needed most. Read more
Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support.     Read more
Girls Inc
Girls Inc Girls Inc.                 Read more
United Way
United Way United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and... Read more

MENTOR, the unifying champion for youth mentoring in the United States, offers the following resources:

Report- The Mentoring Effect: Young People's Perspectives on the OUtcomes and Availability of Mentoring

Mentoring Partnership Network- Mentoring Partnerships are non-partisan, public-private organizations that galvanize  local or statewide mentoring movements, providing the leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships.   Mentoring Partnerships serve a unique role as a clearinghouse for training, resources, awareness, and advocacy, providing the critical link between MENTOR's national efforts and local organizations and programs that foster and support quality mentoring relationships.

Program Resources: A variety of information and resources to supporty your program

Research in Action Series - Reserach on 10 issues on some of the most pressing topics facing the youth mentoring field

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WMHT American Graduate Day 2012 | Mentoring
WMHT American Graduate Day 2012 | Mentoring Mentoring is an effective strategy for working with youth in at-risk situations who are in need of role models and a positive support... Read more
FRONTLINE | Middle School Moment
FRONTLINE | Middle School Moment Is the make-or-break moment for a high school dropout actually in middle... Read more
PBS NewsHour | Diplomas Now
PBS NewsHour | Diplomas Now 'Diplomas Now' schools benefit from the help of two outside partners to supplement the regular staff. Read more
PBS NewsHour | It Takes a Village
PBS NewsHour | It Takes a Village Mentorship's Role in Dropout Prevention Read more
CET - Reducing Dropout Through Mentoring
CET - Reducing Dropout Through Mentoring FOCUS - Reducing School Dropout Rates through Mentoring Programs Read more
WTTW - American Graduate Special
WTTW - American Graduate Special WTTW’s nightly news and public affairs program, Chicago Tonight explores Chicago's dropout crisis, as well as a mentoring program that is... Read more
Nine Network | St. Louis BBBS
Nine Network | St. Louis BBBS St. Louis Big Brothers Big Sisters extends their work from after school to support students during school as well in this award winning... Read more
WGTE - Graduation Coaches
WGTE - Graduation Coaches Leaders in education describe AmeriCorps Graduation Coaches mentoring program Read more
PBS NewsHour | Mentors
PBS NewsHour | Mentors PBS NewsHour: American Graduate - Mentoring Focuses on Building Relationships Read more
DPT | Ramon Mendez Story
DPT | Ramon Mendez Story How hard work and the guidance of a mentor lead Ramon Mendez to his graduation day Read more
Dr. Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins
Dr. Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins Dr. Robert Balfanz and John Bridgeland on 2012 American Graduate Day Read more
Student Reporting Lab | Peer Mentors
Student Reporting Lab | Peer Mentors NewsHour Student Reporting Lab connects WHRO Public Media with journalism students at Granby High School... Read more

Mentors often report gaining just as much out of the relationship as their mentee. Here, both mentors and mentees tell about the value of the mentoring relationship in their own words.

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Colin Powell for National Mentoring Month
Colin Powell for National Mentoring Month General Colin L. Powell: "Mentoring Works" -- National Mentoring Month 2013 Read more
WFYI | Make a Difference - Mentor
WFYI | Make a Difference - Mentor Indiana Senator Dan Coats on the Importance of Mentoring Read more
KNME | Big Brothers Big Sisters spot
KNME | Big Brothers Big Sisters spot New Mexico PBS clip about the benefits of mentoring. Read more
CET | Power of Mentoring #3
CET | Power of Mentoring #3 Judge Nathaniel Jones on the power of mentoring for CET public television in Cincinnati. Read more
DC Teacher Spotlight: Mentoring
DC Teacher Spotlight: Mentoring Washington, DC teacher Alisha Watts on the importance of mentors. Read more
CET | FOCUS Mentoring PS
CET | FOCUS Mentoring PS Simone Bess & Khalilah Slater Harrington talk about the importance, accessibility and impact of mentoring. Read more
CET | Mentoring Testimonial
CET | Mentoring Testimonial Mentoring PSA from CET in Cincinnati Read more
CET | Power of Mentoring #2
CET | Power of Mentoring #2 Filmmaker Alphonzo Wesson on Mentoring Read more
CET | Power of Mentoring #1
CET | Power of Mentoring #1 Mentoring Spot by John Pepper, Retired Chairman and CEO Read more
TPT Mentors
TPT Mentors TPT | Twin Cities Public Television -  The importance for students to have mentors in their lives. Read more
American Graduate Day Testimonials
American Graduate Day Testimonials National figures and celebrities share testimonials on American Graduate Day about a teacher or mentor who impacted their lives. Read more

StoryCorps: Ralph Catania and Colbert Williams

StoryCorps: Little Brother Ky-Antre Compton interviews his Big, Stuart Chittenden

StoryCorps: Mikala Rahn, Carlos Crus, Dominick Correy and Anthony Gonzales

StoryCorps: Kate Musick and Harlee Patrick


Child Trends: Three Tips for Building Successful Mentoring Programs

Center for Evidence Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts-Boston

Diplomas Now: “What Your Community Can Do to End its Dropout Crisis: Learnings from Research and Practice”


Suspending to Mentorship: How to Curb the School-to-Prison Pipeline - Huffington Post

Untapped Potential: Filling the Promise of Big Brothers Big Sisters - Civic Enterprises

Public Media Stations Working to Increase Mentoring & Volunteerism

WHRO partnered with Norfolk Public Schools and the Norfolk Education Foundation to co-host an A+ Community Partners Matching Fair. With the headline that an investment in the education of Norfolk’s children is an investment in the community’s future, this was an open house format for business leaders, community organizations, and individuals interested in helping schools by meeting and talking to school representatives, learning about parent and volunteer needs, and connect in the community. WHRO brought together Norfolk Public School officials and local faith leaders to discuss the critical need for more mentors for at-risk students. Building off of this discussion, WHRO has continued to cultivate this relationship with the faith-based community and is building an online tool to match students with mentors.




WETA, along with its partner Double the Numbers (DTN), conducted a gap analysis of the dropout prevention services and support available for local youth. The analysis identifies what kinds of services are provided, where they are provided, and what is still needed – in each ward of Washington D.C. A snapshot of selected education and youth development organizations in DC can be found on DC Dropout Prevention Resources. Volunteer opportunities for those in the community to help keep students engaged in their school work are currently available through the Get Involved section of the D.C. Collaborative ’s website.




Vegas PBS launched a new online mentoring program through their Workforce Training and Economic Development Department in partnership with the Clark County School District and corporate partners NV Energy, MGM Resorts International, United Way of Southern Nevada, and Bank of America. The program provides free training for educators and community members who are interested in certification to mentor young people.




CET has aired PSAs with calls to action featuring prominent local leaders on the power of mentoring.  The station has also devoted time on air through its broadcast series to promote the role of mentoring in keeping kids in school and connect viewers with organizations. 




New Mexico PBS aired a PSA about the mentoring opportunities offered through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and student success stories.  The station website also includes a Be A Mentor page with descriptions and links to seven local organizations for visitors to connect with to get involved as mentors.



PBA and WHUT’s Digital Media Arts Clubs (DMAC) is training students in broader uses of technology. As part of the club, students meet with mentors who speak with them about the importance of staying in school and the skills needed to pursue a career in digital media.

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