High School Based Mentoring Programs

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While the number of at-risk students attending public schools have continuously increased in recent years, school based mentoring programs have been identified as successful interventions to improve the academic, social, attendance, and behavioral performance of at-risk students. At-risk students generally possess certain characteristics that usually include but are not limited to, being from the lowest socioeconomic quartile, living in single parent households, having a sibling that failed to graduate from high school, changing schools more than two times prior to completing 8th grade, being poor readers, receiving low test scores, and lacking academic motivation (Horn & Chen, 1998; Eggen & Kauchak, 2004). If the schools fail to intervene and change the mindset of at-risk youth, the probability of the student dropping out of school increases.
Problem Statement
Teaching and connecting with at-risk male students who are matriculating through middle school can be a challenging task. In some instances, at-risk students fail to value and understand the importance of demonstrating academic success. Studies that identify and measure the impact of strategies to improve the behaviors and scholastics of at-risk students are needed in the realm of literature (Thompson & Kelly-Vance, 2001; Eby, Allen, Evans, Ng, & DuBois, 2008; Haggard, Doughtery, Turband, & Wilbanks, 2011).
Research suggests that a student’s network of support is critical to his/her success. This research has
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