Using Adult Advocates to Support At-Risk Students

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


Learn about the strategy

Evidence & recommendation (see #2) 
Developed by IES

 Recorded presentation 
Developed by Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota

Manual of best practices 
Developed by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership


See the strategy in action

Student success story
Developed by Charleston County SD

Student testimonials
Developed by Citizen Schools

Example of mentoring program
Developed by Dallas ISD 

Introduction video
Developed by ICI, Univ. of Minnesota


Use the strategy

Implementation guide
Developed by Everyone Graduates Center

Implementation tools
Developed by ICI, Univ. of Minnesota

Practice guide
Developed by Project GOAL at The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk

One pager
Developed by NYC Mayor's Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism & School Engagement

Sample lessons for HS, but suitable for MS
Developed by Project GOAL at Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk

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