The most important factor in a young person's success is a consistent relationship with a caring adult.
Students with mentors are more likely to feel connected to school, have better self-esteem and experience greater success in setting and achieving their goals. But one in three young people grow up without this kind of supportive adult.
We're working hard to fill this gap. Our Graduation Coaches provide personalized support to 9th and 12th grade students as they transition into and out of high school, and build the skills and confidence they need to be successful in school and beyond.
We provide the curriculum. You bring the wisdom and commitment.
Our Graduation Coaches provide 5-6 hours of volunteer time each month in a high school classroom throughout the school year. We provide curriculum, training and ongoing support.
This investment of time and care pays off. Last year, 96% of our participating seniors completed the program with a solid plan for post-secondary education, work or other opportunities after graduation.
Meet our Graduation Coaches and students
The students you'll mentor
Small groups of 9th grade students
who may need additional support. You'll help them with their goal setting, relationship-building and early college and career awareness.
Individual 12th grade students
who may not be on track to graduate. You'll focus on supporting goal setting, academic confidence, career exploration and post-secondary planning.
Our Graduation Coaches in action
University of Minnesota student Candace is a Graduation Coach with 9th graders at Edison High. Learn how she's giving back to students at her alma mater.
How the program works
Graduation Coaches must commit to volunteer for the full academic year, with 5-6 hours per month. Applications are typically available May-June for the following school year.
We'll provide an orientation, curriculum materials and on-going training to ground you in the program.
Get matched with students
Coaches and students speed-network during their first session to find the right match.
You’ll meet with your student/s for one hour twice a month at their high school and provide additional email support between meetings.
Our team provides feedback and encouragement throughout the program.
We can also connect you with other resources to build your mentoring and facilitation skills.
Contact Graduation Coaches Manager Amy Shapiro at 612-455-1550.
"My Graduation Coach doesn’t know the full impact he had on me. He wasn’t just another person asking 'What’s your GPA?' He was someone who helped me figure out my life and put things in a new perspective."