WISH LIST: $100: a college prep workshop for 4 students; $500: a life-skills enrichment activity for 10 mentor/protégé partners; $1000: a scholarship for a graduating senior
Home to one of the nation's most highly educated populations, Washington, DC’s high school graduation rates are staggeringly low. In 1987, a DCPS educator and parent of a high school student saw an elegantly simple way to address the problem: place at-risk students in one-on-one relationships with trained adults, help them develop their potential, encourage them to stay in school, and see that they graduate with a plan for the next step in life. Mentors, Inc complements its strategy with monthly enrichment programs on college preparation, community service, and career exploration. And the results have been striking: while only 58% of the city's seniors graduate from high school, 93% of the most recent Mentors, Inc "protégés" did, and 84% are enrolled in college. Now serving 310 students (including the children of incarcerated adults) Mentors, Inc is the only city-wide, one-on-one, high school mentoring program in DC. It has served over 4,000 students, provided $615,000 in college scholarships -- and forged lasting and deep relationships between youth and adults. New mentors, and new resources, are most welcome.
1012 14th Street NW, Suite 304
Washington, DC 20005