Community Partnership
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The Success Mentors Program

Initiative Description: The Success Mentors program implemented within EPS included using internal mentors, such as teachers, support staff, and leaders within school buildings, along with volunteer mentors from external partners. Mentors met with students each week to build relationships, support their academic and personal success, influence regular school attendance, and if a student missed school to find out the reasons why the student was absent. An exploratory qualitative approach was used to answer the research questions

Study Results: When it comes to increasing attendance, districts and schools should consider partnering with organizations to leverage their expertise and knowledge. Organizations that have expertise in fund-raising, mentoring, direct-investing, supporting or providing volunteers, and marketing, for example, have the potential to reach a broader audience of community members about what it will take to improve student attendance.

Reference: Childs, J., & Grooms, A. A. (2018). Improving School Attendance through Collaboration: A Catalyst for Community Involvement and Change. Journal Of Education For Students Placed At Risk, 23(1/2), 122-138. doi:10.1080/10824669.2018.1439751

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good