In 2014, directors at several high schools told us that only 30% of the students who start high school actually graduate.
So, in 2015 we started a Scholarship Program that we believed would keep kids in school. We sought out volunteer mentors, paired them each with our KKIS Scholars and thought we were on our way to making lots of graduates.
- Year 1: 33 students, 9 dropped, a 72% graduation rate.
- Year 2: 50 students, 4 dropped, a 92% graduation rate.
By year three, we had caught on to the fact that Keeping Kids in School requires much more than money alone!
We learned that we needed to give more personal care and attention to the students, we needed to document our expectations in signed contracts and make contact with the kids on an ongoing basis.
- Year 3: 43 students, 1 dropout, a 98% graduation rate!
Help us make the 2018 / 2019 school year the best ever! Contact us about being a Mentor: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a truly rewarding experience.