September is Attendance Awareness Month (AAM) —an opportunity to rally your community, advocates, policymakers, volunteers, funders and supporters around the importance of attendance and its role in academic achievement! The campaign is spearheaded by Attendance Works, a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance, and America’s Promise Alliance, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Points of Light and United Way Worldwide and is supported by a growing list of other organizations. MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is proud to continue to serve as an AAM collaborating partner along with a diverse group of organizations.
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Attendance Awareness Month provides MENTOR, our network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships, mentoring programs, youth serving organizations, schools and all campaign partners with an opportunity to have a voice in a public dialogue about academic achievement led by influential education and youth development stakeholders.
Studies of formal mentoring programs have shown:
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school.
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 37% less likely than their peers to skip a class.
- Students at-risk for not graduating were 36% more likely to aspire to enroll in and graduate from college if they had a mentor.
- Youth who had a mentor growing up are 55% more likely to later be enrolled in college.
- Students who have a mentor are 130% more likely to lead in sport/club.