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Unlock Every Gate to Graduation! The Case of the Cheyenne 200 Mentorship Program!

Graduation is the gate on the pathway to prosperity, but for credit deficient, non-proficient high school students, that gate appears closed, locked, and seemingly immovable. That is until doctors, lawyers, social workers, educators, and legislators from the community partnered with students and their families to ensure graduation for all was not just possible, but inevitable. Cheyenne High School identified 200 students who were far off-track to graduation. Presenters rallied community support and focused community resources to ensure the students remained in school, earned their credits, and walked across the graduation stage. Viewers will learn how presenters, even in the face of internal opposition, leveraged the power of partnerships with students’ families and community-based organizations to ensure mentees graduated. Cheyenne demonstrated how one can be his or her brother's and sister's keeper.

This talk was presented at:
National Title I Conference
January 2016 in Houston, Texas
Speakers
Zachary Robbins

Dr. Zachary Robbins has improved school climates in Title I schools in Boston and Las Vegas. He also teaches graduate students how to foster positive school climates in the University of Phoenix College of Education, Education Administration Division.

Jane Gibson

Ms. Gibson has been the liaison and graduation coach to hundreds of off-track seniors. She works directly with families and rallies community support to address students’ academic and out-of-school difficulties.

Javonna Underwood

Ms. Javonna Underwood is a liaison and graduation coach to off-track students. She works directly with families and rallies community support to address students’ academic and out-of-school difficulties.