Last year, we partnered with the corporate community to fund iCare Mentoring. iCare pairs adult mentors from businesses near schools with youth in primary and secondary schools. Mentors meet with students weekly, develop positive relationships, work on goal setting, and reinforce positive academic and social behaviors. We know that having a relationship with a trusted adult is a protective factor.
Based on data collected from the program in the first year, we are already seeing improved attendance and academic performance from the 300 mentees in Akron Public Schools. Research into similar mentoring programs show positive gains including improved attendance, grades, and graduation rates. Mentoring also promises better transition to post-secondary education and improved employment. These are all protective factors against drug use.
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