Success Mentors Program Kickoff


Kansas City Public Schools was selected by the Obama Administration as 1 of 30 school districts in the nation to participate in and implement a groundbreaking campaign to address chronic absenteeism in public schools: the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Success Mentors Initiative. The MBK Success Mentors program aims to connect students with dedicated Success Mentors in the first-ever effort to use an evidence-based and data-driven mentor model to support students and tackle chronic absenteeism.

Success Mentors serve as motivators, problem solvers, connectors, and advocates for students in grades 6-9. They form supportive relationships, identify and celebrate students’ strengths, promote their attendance every day, and connect them with the necessary resources to keep them on track and thriving.

Success Mentors will:

  • Be matched with a student in grades 6 – 9 at Kansas City Public Schools
  • Attend an initial 2 hour, pre-match training
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend, promote good attendance and goal setting
  • Commit to supporting their mentee for an entire school year
  • Check in with their mentees for 30 minutes on a weekly basis; at minimum
  • Invest in the present and future success of a student in Kansas City Public Schools

If you’re interested in mentoring please visit If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Innovation and Special Projects at