DREAM's CEO Michael Loner writes about mentoring's effect on school attendance
"According to the Department of Education, “students who are chronically absent — meaning they miss at least 15 days of school in a year — are at serious risk of falling behind in school.”
Quality education has been called the great equalizer. It is a force that can overcome differences in privilege and background. Yet, many youth from low-income backgrounds face adversities such as living in poverty, health challenges, community violence and family turmoil that make going to school every day a challenge. Chronic absenteeism is crippling their educational progress.
September is Attendance Awareness Month. This is a call for everyone — community members, parents, schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses and politicians alike — to recognize the important roles we all play in supporting youth in our communities. We must work together to raise awareness and promote ways to reduce absenteeism in schools…. …Research demonstrates that mentors can play a direct role in encouraging their mentees to attend school daily, to stay in school and to explore post-secondary options after they graduate."
Read the entire Op Ed piece HERE