The Mentors, Inc. mission is to increase the graduation rates and success of Washington, D.C.’s public high school students by pairing them with caring adult volunteers in structured and enriched mentoring relationships that promote their personal, academic and career development.
Mentors, Inc. creates and supports mentoring relationships for students who are enrolled in any traditional or charter public junior or senior high school. We provide ongoing individualized support, and enrichment opportunities in the areas of college preparation, career exploration, community service and life skills development. Graduating seniors are eligible for college scholarships and. We also connect proteges and mentors to career, academic, and personal through our bi-weekly, online newsletter "Cool Ideas"
In September 2008, Mentors, Inc. launched its first middle school mentoring program at Sousa Middle School! TEAM Mentor (Together Everyone Achieves More), works with three mentors (a teacher, a college student, and a community member) paired with groups of 12 students to form mentoring teams. Throughout the school year, mentors will lead the students through an activity-based curriculum that focuses on team building, leadership development, and community service, as well as diversity, conflict resolution, and academic achievement.
- Mentors, Inc has matched more than 4,000 students with mentors since 1987.
- In 2008, Mentors, Inc. was awarded $63,000.
- Each year, qpproximately 90% of our students in the program graduate high school, and a majority of those go on to postsecondary education.
Mentors, Inc has provided mentors for students enrolled in Washington, D.C.’s public senior high schools for 20 years. The organization was founded by a parent and a principal – Shayne Schneider and Betty Brooks – who recognized the powerful untapped resource that the large pool of highly educated professionals in D.C. represented for students in the city’s public schools. While the city’s professional community is among the most educated and affluent in the United States, its public schools serve students who are largely poor, from families with little experience with higher education, and who have few successful adult role models. The program is now the only citywide, one-on-one mentoring program serving high school aged youth, and are unique in that our focus is the relationship itself. More than merely tutors, our mentors are role models; they provide the guidance, support, knowledge, and love our young people need to become successful adults.