The school year is almost over and we are getting ready for the Success Mentors Year End Celebration at H. Barbara Booker!
The Success Mentors program is a voluntary program led by Maria Silva (H. Barbara Booker’s Wraparound Coordinator) and myself, designed to target students who were chronically absent* last year, in an effort to reduce their number of absences this school year. The program uses positive reinforcement and individualized encouragement through the development of a more personal relationship between the student and their mentor. The mentor checked in daily with their student, looked into the days that they missed school, and created intentional opportunities/incentives for them to interact together. These activities and incentives gave students something tangible to look forward to. As a result, the students felt more positive feelings about coming to school, knowing that someone is looking out for them.
As of March 31st, 2016 the students in this program have 94.84% attendance – a huge improvement over last year! The end of year celebration, when the students will be receiving attendance medallions for their participation this year, will take place on May 19th.
*chronically absent: student who has missed 11 or more days of school throughout the year.