Schools can't do it alone. With an estimated 10,000 at-risk kids in Denton ISD, we need everyone at the table: neighborhoods, churches, universities, businesses, retirees, and young professionals.
Mentor Denton is a collective impact initiative that was launched in the Fall of 2013 with the ambitious goal of finding a mentor for each of our community's 10,000 at-risk students. This initiative is only possible because of extensive collaboration between many local institutions and people. Check out our growing list of partners and let us know if you'd like to join in on the fun.
Why is mentoring important?
Studies in recent years have shown that students with mentors have a better chance at curving behaviors that might lead to dropping out of school, absenteeism, or difficult behavior. In fact, “students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.” (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters).
Mentoring also affects the daily life of mentees. Mentees are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking accoridng to the Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters .