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Mentoring provides meaningful connections that impact the people involved and influences their lives at home, at work and in their communities.  For those who are being mentored, it is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects.  For those who are mentoring, the relationship can build leadership and management skills, expand a mentor’s professional network, and provide an empowering opportunity to give back to the community.

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We are building a grassroots movement of natural mentors like teachers, coaches and family friends, formal mentors who work with a mentoring program, public and private sector supporters, donors and advocates who believe that an asset so critical — mentoring — cannot be left to chance.  A movement to connect every young person to the kind of meaningful relationships that provide us all with networks of support and opportunity.

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Mentoring In Real Life:

Keeping Students Connected to School

Mentors help keep students connected to school and support increased attendance. Students who meet regularly with their mentors are less likely to skip class and are more likely to aspire and enroll in college.

This September, in support of Attendance Awareness Month, we are sharing resources, stories, tips for mentors and mentees and more, illustrating their role in helping fight chronic absence and providing support for students as they navigate their educational path.

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Stay connected to In Real Life on social media using #MentorIRL and check out our blog to read stories related to this theme and others that highlight mentoring’s impact on individuals, families and within communities.

Download our partner engagement one-pager to learn more about how you can help drive the urgency behind the mentoring movement during September: Attendance Awareness, Keeping Students Connected to School


Watch the videos below to learn more about those who have committed to helping improve the lives of our country’s young people, including NBA players Marcus Smart, Karl-Anthony Towns, Carmelo Anthony and Al Horford, musician Kendrick Lamar and actor Michael B. Jordan.

Why In Real Life?

There are 46 million young people ages 8-18 in our country and 16 million of them are growing up without a mentor.  That’s one out of every three young people who, outside of their family at home, don’t have a trusted adult in their lives who they believe they can turn to for advice and guidance.  And, 9 million of those young people face a variety of day-to-day challenges that put them at-risk for falling off track.

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