Seventeen area schools from four districts are collaborating on the second phase of an initiative to improve graduation rates in Brown County.
This second phase, or beta test, builds on the first-phase experiences of the 2018/2019 school year, where four schools in three districts piloted an innovative mentorship initiative that served 53 students between January and May.
That mentorship initiative combined the resources of Denmark School District, Green Bay Area Public School District and Howard-Suamico School District with the support of mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin, Family Services of Brown County, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Green Bay.
Available data from 39 of the mentored students in that pilot show about half of them improved their grades (48%) and attendance (51%), and a few of them (10%) showed improved school behavior.
The initiative is heading into the next phase of testing this fall and adding Ashwaubenon School District to the list of participating schools, so organizers are seeking 100 additional adult volunteers to begin working with middle school students in September. They are recruiting now to ensure mentors are screened and trained before school begins…
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