This bill will give the Department of Education authority to award grants to establish, expand, or support school-based mentoring programs to assist at risk students in middle and high schools.
These programs focus on developing cognitive and social-emotional skills to prepare them for academic and workforce success. "At-risk" students include students who are failing academically or at risk of dropping out, are pregnant or parenting, gang members, youth in or formerly in foster care, homeless, have incarcerated parents, are disabled, or show signs of substance abuse.
Mentoring programs must be structured, evidence-based, and conducted with school staff from all levels. Professional or volunteer mentors provide guidance, support, encouragement, and academic and work-force related activities on a regular basis.