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ERIC Number: ED560155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Two-Way Street: When College Mentors Help Students Achieve, Success Is Shared. Lumina Foundation Focus™. Spring 2014
Pulley, John
Lumina Foundation for Education
According to a report released in January by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, at-risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to aspire to be college graduates than those who did not have a mentor (76 percent versus 56 percent). They're also more likely than their nonmentored peers to actually be enrolled in college (45 percent versus 29 percent). Models vary, but the underlying premise of mentoring programs is the same: Caring, knowledgeable adult mentors help at-risk kids over the hurdles they encounter during the college-going process. When kids do stumble, mentors help them up. In the process, mentors are themselves lifted up--not just emotionally, but also practically and professionally, by sharpening their leadership skills and improving time management and customer relationship management. This issue of Lumina Foundation Focus explores the benefits of mentoring by shining the spotlight on three different programs. All are making a measurable difference for the students they serve--and for the mentors who provide that service. This Focus presents (1) iMentor, a one-on-one mentoring model that has served more than 12,000 at-risk students since it got its start in New York City in 1999; (2) The College Advising Corps (CAC), a national program that got its start in 2005 at the University of Virginia and has since grown to touch the lives of nearly 130,000 students at 425 high schools in 14 states; and (3) College Mentoring for Access and Persistence (College MAP), which was developed in 2009 as a corporate responsibility program of Ernst & Young (EY), and has since grown to serve nearly 900 students in 20 U.S. cities. The people and programs featured in this issue of Focus represent just a fraction of the mentoring activity now under way all over the nation. However it's done--whether in organized programs such as these or in more informal, individualized efforts--this work is vital and needs to be expanded.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lumina Foundation for Education
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; New York; Virginia