Students' personal and academic needs should be addressed through a meaningful and sustained relationship with an adult. The adult should be responsible for addressing the student's academic and social needs, communicating with the student's family, and advocating for the student. The adult advocate should be thoroughly trained prior to being assigned a student, and the adult and student should have time to meet regularly.
Note and Disclaimer: Check and Connect is just one example of a mentoring intervention that could be used for middle schools. Other interventions are also available or schools can develop one of their own. The inclusion of Check and Connect in this Toolkit does not serve as an endorsement of this, or any other, intervention program.
Field Guide Alignment: Dropout Prevention, Principle 2