Celebrating September: Attendance Awareness Month

Connecting Mentoring and School Attendance

Quality mentoring can have a significant impact on improving school attendance and student success. This month, Spark is partnering with MENTOR, Attendance Works and many other organizations to focus on keeping students engaged in school.

MENTOR’s The Mentoring Effect report shows that mentoring has a significant impact on attendance and academic achievement.  The report demonstrates that:

  • Quality mentoring is proven to increase attendance by reducing the likelihood of students skipping class.
  • Students who faced many challenges to graduation, including attendance, but who had a mentor were more likely to aspire to go to college, participate in sports and activities, and volunteer in their communities.
  • Mentors can help foster and encourage a positive academic future by stressing the importance of attendance.

“Chronic absenteeism offers that warning sign of disconnection and calls us to intervene with mentoring and consistent adults who can partner with school and home to provide the support, guidance, and encouragement proven to drive greater attendance and help get kids back on track. We are proud to be an Attendance Awareness Month Convening Partner and look forward to amplifying this critical message during Mentoring In Real Life Week this September,” says David Shapiro, MENTOR CEO and President.

Throughout the month, and especially during the Mentoring In Real Life Attendance Week September 19-25, Spark invites you to invest in mentoring and help students stay engaged and on track for success in school and life!

 

Spark inspires 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to succeed in high school and beyond by connecting them with mentors in leading workplaces and supporting their academic journey with skill-building and resources. By engaging working professionals and connecting businesses with local communities, Spark empowers the next generation to perform better in school, graduate on time and lead fulfilling careers and lives.

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