BBBSC is currently partnering with Sheridan High School in Denver to implement mentor2.0. We strategically selected Sheridan as our first partner school in 2015 following a competitive application process. Ninety-three percent of Sheridan’s students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and many will be first generation high school graduates and college attendees. Historically, only one third of Sheridan graduates have enrolled in post¬secondary education, lower than the state average for low-income students. Since its inception, we have served more than 270 students at Sheridan High School through the mentor2.0 program.
In 2018, we will expand the program to two new partner schools: Englewood High School and Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS). With these new schools, we will serve an additional 200 students during the 2018-19 schoolyear. More than 60% of students at GALS identify as a person of color and 56% qualify for free or reduced lunch. Englewood High School has a graduation rate of 66%, well below the Colorado state graduation rate of 79%. Additionally, 54% of students at EHS qualify for free or reduced lunch. It is a testament to the success, stability and growth of the program that we have had so many schools interested in providing this opportunity to their students.
In mentor2.0, BBBSC matches youth one-to-one with a college-educated adult mentor in four-year matches that launch at the beginning of 10th grade and run through the first year of post-secondary education or training. The program is delivered in partnership with high schools that have a high percentage of low-income and first generation high school graduates and college attendees in order to serve those most in need.
After a recent external program evaluation of mentor2.0, BBBSC decided to move from the 9th-12th grade model to the 10th-13th grade model. The primary reasons for this shift are that the freshman year of high school is already a period of adjustment for students, the 10th grade and on are more critical for post-secondary planning, and first-generation college enrollees need more support during their first year of post-secondary education in order to persist. We will be implementing this model for the first time during the 2018-19 school year.
We are currently accepting applications for mentors for the 2018-2019 school year. Click here to learn more.
Thank you to our mentor2.0 Founding Sponsors for believing in, and funding our mentor2.0 program and expansion: