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National Success Mentors Initiative


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The National Success Mentors Initiative aims to connect over one million students with dedicated Success Mentors in this country’s first-ever effort to use an evidence-based and data driven mentor model and student support system to tackle chronic absenteeism. The campaign calls on all schools to take strategic actions to reduce the rates of chronic absenteeism, based on insights and evidence from ten school districts about what works.


Every chronically absent student in the country has a supporting, caring adult to help them navigate their school experience and become college and career ready.


Over the next three to five years, the National Success Mentors Initiative aims to reduce chronic absenteeism and drive school success by connecting over 1 million chronically absent students to caring, trained adults who can serve as mentors.


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MBK Success Mentors Overview (PDF)


National Back to School
Virtual Summit Power Point (PDF)


Implementation Guide: How to Begin

This Guide provides tips on how to implement a Success Mentor model at your school.  It was created for districts, schools, team captains and school partners.

Additional Tools:

  • Success Mentor Getting Started Checklist
  • What makes a mentoring program work
  • Program Planning Chart
  • Need help recruiting mentors from your community? The Mentoring Connector is the only national database of mentoring programs and is a free volunteer referral service. This zip-code searchable database allows mentors near you to find your program. Click here to learn more about the Mentoring Connector or to register your program.
  • No-cost technical assistance (TA) from an experienced mentoring TA provider can help you get started and make your program the best it can be. The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) is a program of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and is managed by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. The NMRC provides no-cost training and technical assistance to mentoring programs to help them meet quality standards and implement evidence-based and best practices for mentoring. Click here to request no cost technical assistance for your program. Need help? Watch the below video and use this template request.



National Training and Pep Rally for Success Mentors
audio recording



Elementary Success Mentor Strategy Webinar
power point


Tapping into the Power of Peers:
Launching a Peer Mentoring Model
at Your School, Part I

power point


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The following are MBK Success Mentor communities  –

we continue to learn from their collaborative
efforts to drive student success.



Albuquerque Public Schools (NM)

Austin Independent School District (TX)

Baltimore City Public Schools (MD)

Boston Public Schools (MA)

Cleveland Metropolitan School District (OH)

Columbus School District (OH)

Dallas Independent School District (TX)

Denver Public Schools (CO)

Detroit Public Schools (MI)

Duval County Public Schools (FL)

Flint Community Schools (MI)

Fresno Unified School District (CA)

Hartford Public Schools (CT)

Kansas City Public Schools (MO)

Los Angeles Unified School District (CA)


Miami-Dade County Public Schools (FL)

Milwaukee Public Schools (WI)

Minneapolis Public Schools (MN)

New York City School District (NY)

Oakland Unified School District (CA)

Orange County Public Schools (FL)

The School District of Philadelphia (PA)

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (SD)

Pittsburgh Public Schools (PA)

Portland Public Schools (OR)

Providence Public Schools (RI)

Sacramento City Unified School District (CA)

San Antonio Independent School District (TX)

Seattle Public Schools (WA)

Sunflower County Consolidated School District (MS)