High School Graduation Initiative

Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders (MTL) is a dropout prevention, educational re-engagement, and student leadershipmtl logo program that is based on five pillars. The five pillars of this High School Graduation Initiative are:

1. Academic Achievement – Ninth (9th) and tenth (10th) graders who have earned below a 2.0 grade point average are assigned a caring adult–an Academic Coach–and student mentors for ongoing support, inc.

2. Mentoring – High achieving (GPA 3.0 or above) upperclassmen with demonstrated leadership skills will participate in a two-year mentor relationship with students who have earned a GPA lower than 2.0. This is a structured relationship that is facilitated by MTL program staff. All MTL students will be exposed to adult role models and mentors from the community during monthly workshops, and from interacting with guest speakers who take part in the MTL Career and College Exploration Series. Including learning study skills in a quiet, structured environment (study hall) twice per week, as well receiving support with monitoring and increasing academic progress. Ninth graders are also exposed to Success Highways, a curriculum that builds resilience and leads to high school graduation, as well as College Summit’s freshmen curriculum – Clean Slate, a curriculum that inspires all students to consider going to college after high school and assists with the college application process.

3. Family Involvement – MTL Parents and Guardians attend monthly parent education workshops to cover topics such as graduation requirements, grading, stages of adolescent development, academic needs of adolescents, etc. Parent workshops to address parental needs such as employability training, managing stress, literacy classes will also be offered while simultaneously developing parent leaders.

4. Community Support – Community members volunteer to serve as adult mentors and role models, presenters at parent and student workshops, guest speakers through the College and Career Exploration Series, as well as donors, sponsors and members of the MTL Advisory Board.

5. Incentives – Program participants earn several incentives as they work to improve their grades and meet high school graduation requirements. Student mentors also earn incentives as they inspire their peers to achieve academic excellence. These incentives include recognition within the school and community, visits to local colleges and post-secondary institutions, and an all-expenses paid Tri-State College Tour.

MTL also supports educational re-engagement. We believe “It’s not too late to graduate!” The MTL Educational Re-Engagement Graduation Coach works closely with students who left school without earning a diploma to ensure that they graduate from high school. Students who join the MTL Re-Engagement Program (MTL REP) will receive test prep services, a personalized plan for graduation, and a college and career mentor from the community.