Mentoring In Real Life & Attendance Week


This year, our Attendance Awareness Month Partner MENTOR has set aside the week of September 17 as Mentoring In Real Life & Attendance Week!

Students are more likely to attend school when they feel connected to caring adults who notice whether they show up. These caring adults, such as teachers, administrators or volunteer mentors, can all help students feel hope for a better future. They can also help families locate support for addressing barriers to getting to school. Quality mentoring, especially as part of a school-wide effort, can be leveraged as a strategy to improve attendance and boost academic achievement for students, according research conducted in New York.

To help spread the word, MENTOR has released a promotional toolkit with mentoring and attendance specific social media messages. Download the toolkit here.

The toolkit provides sample messages such as:

  • Tweets
  • Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn posts
  • New digital images

By participating in Mentoring In Real Life & Attendance Week you can help increase awareness about how quality mentoring can be leveraged as a strategy to improve attendance and thereby improve academic achievement.

Join us, as well as Attendance Awareness Month partners Communities in Schools and Get Schooled, for the Mentoring In Real Life Attendance Week Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 18 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT! Participate in the conversation by using hashtags #MentorIRL and #SchoolEveryDay.