Reach out to Absent Students and Families


iStock_000046769948_DoubleReaching out to chronically absent students and their families often takes an extra shift of adults– whether they are volunteers from faith-based groups, mentors from the business world or national service members from City Year. These general mentoring resources can help you organize that additional help.

In New York City, schools draw on City Year, Experience Corps and groups to provide Success Mentors for chronically absent students. The program has shown extraordinary results: Students with mentors attended nearly 12,000 more days in a school year than similar students without the extra support. For a how-to guide, click here.

Student attendance teams provide a vehicle to keep track of school-wide attendance trends, as well as what’s going on with chronically absent students. September is a great time to identify students who were chronically absent in the past year or in the first month of school.

 

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Check & Connect assigns trained mentors to at-risk students to improve engagement with school and learning through close monitoring of their attendance, behavior, and grades.

City Year uses AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools, where they work as tutors, mentors and role models. Attendance is a key focus.

RAMP: The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program uses group, peer and individual mentoring to build on career-development efforts by schools and employers.

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Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 12.40.39 PMIn New York City, schools draw on City Year, Experience Corps and groups to provide Success Mentors for chronically absent students. The program has shown extraordinary results: Students with mentors attended nearly 12,000 more days in a school year than similar students without the extra support. For a how-to guide, click here.