Congressman Carson Statement on Reintroduction of the Transition-To-Success Mentoring Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman André Carson issued the following statement on reintroduction of H.R. 804, the Transition-To-Success Mentoring Act, which would establish a mentoring program for at-risk students.
“Students can benefit immensely from working with a mentor,” said Congressman Carson. “My bill would give more at-risk students the opportunity to participate in high-quality mentoring programs during a particularly challenging time in their lives, and help make sure students have a strong support network to carry them through high school.”
Effective mentoring programs have been shown to improve educational outcomes, reduce negative behavior, increase school attendance, and improve social and emotional development. School-based mentoring is an innovative supplement to the traditional learning that takes place in the classroom, providing underserved and at-risk students with attention and support to keep them engaged in school. The transition from middle to high school is a particularly challenging time for many students.
H.R. 804, the Transition-To-Success Mentoring Act, would establish a grant program for school-based mentoring programs targeted at helping at-risk middle school students transition from middle to high school. Under the legislation, participating students would develop and execute a formalized plan for success in high school and beyond, and be supported by a school faculty member or volunteer from the community known as a “Success Coach.”
Congressman Carson has long been a champion of mentoring and afterschool programs for students of all ages, strongly supporting funding for these critical programs and introducing legislation to strengthen them.