It was reported in a 2007 that 1 in 4 high school students were dropping out. It has improved, but still, 1 in 5 will still drop out. The average cost to the nation to support these dropouts exceeds $290K over the course of their lifetime.
Founder Rick Newell observed two critical things during his work at community centers: youth who needed male role models and students who lacked the financial means to get to college. He formed M.U.S.T. (Mentoring Urban Students and Teens), which aims to address both these problems. M.U.S.T. provides consistent, high quality mentoring services to this at risk population and uses best practices that will ensure a measureable, positive outcome.
After the first two years, it can be seen that The Mentoring Program is working. Youth are not returning to deviant behavior, grades are rising, and mentees are being taught life skills to help them along the way.
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