Kansas City, October 4, 2017: Mentors and students filled the cafeteria and launched a bright future together at Central Academy of Excellence during the 2017 Success Mentors Match Day on Tuesday evening, Oct. 4.
The Success Mentors program recruits volunteers from the community who serve as motivators, problem solvers, connectors and advocates for KCPS students. The Match Day event featured a dinner, remarks by Superintendent Mark Bedell and Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Special Projects Derald Davis, testimonials about the program and an opportunity for students and mentors to meet each other for the first time.
The program is part of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, started in 2014 by then-President Barack Obama to help address chronic absenteeism in public schools. Success Mentors commit to regularly meeting with students over the course of the school year in order to form supportive relationships, celebrate students’ strengths, promote attendance and connect students with resources to help them thrive.
Over the next three to five years, the initiative aims to significantly decrease chronic absenteeism in KCPS and drive school success by connecting chronically absent students to caring, trained adults who can serve as mentors.
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways to prepare children and young adults for success both in school and in life. When students make school attendance a priority, they get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behaviors and have a better chance of graduating from high school.
The following schools are implementing the Success Mentors program in 2017-18:
- AC Prep Lower Campus
- Benjamin Banneker Elementary
- Primitivo Garcia Elementary
- Gladstone Elementary
- John T. Hartman Elementary
- George Melcher Elementary
- J.A. Rogers Elementary
- Benoist Troost Elementary
- Central Middle School
- Northeast Middle School
- Central Academy of Excellence
- Northeast High School
The following schools are implementing the Success Mentors program in 2018-19:
- James A. Garfield Elementary
- George Washington Carver Dual Language School
- John Whittier Elementary
- Phillis Wheatley Elementary
- Harold L. Holliday, Sr. Montessori
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary
- Faxon Elementary
- Henry W. Longfellow Elementary
- Southeast High School
For more information about the program and to learn how to become a Success Mentor, visit www.kcpublicschools.org/mentoring.
Visit the KCPS Flickr site for more photos from this event.