With a record breaking 9,465 volunteers completing a tnAchieves mentor application, the program has successfully exceeded its mentor recruitment goal for the TN Promise Class of 2019.
Countless businesses, civic clubs, non-profit and government organizations shared the need and Tennesseans in every community responded.
Mentors meet monthly with their assigned students to generally encourage them, and help them meet important deadlines, and serve as a trusted resource for the students, particularly those that are the first in their family to attend college.
“On behalf of the tnAchieves board of directors and the tnAchieves team, I cannot thank our communities enough for their continued support of our program, our mission and ultimately our students,” said Krissy DeAlejandro, Executive Director of tnAchieves. “The mentors are the heart of TN Promise and often are the difference makers as students transition from high school to college. It is incredible what we can accomplish when we all pull in the same direction!”
In its fifth year, TN Promise experienced a record number of applicants from the graduating Class of 2018.
Davidson County had a goal to recruit 706 mentors in 2018. Maury needed 123 mentors for the class of 2018. Sumner county’s goal was 340. Williamson County had a recruiting goal of 317 mentors in 2018.
TN Promise seeks to increase the percentage of students accessing college and ultimately earning a college credential as the state pushes toward 55 percent post-secondary attainment by 2025.
“We are overwhelmed and humbled by the 9,465 volunteers across the state that answered the call to serve as a mentor,” commented Graham Thomas, Deputy Director of Outreach at tnAchieves. “TN Promise works because students have a local support system. For our students, knowing someone is in their corner, advocating on their behalf, provides the confidence they need to succeed.”
tnAchieves plans to leave the mentor application open through December 15th in an effort to assist those counties who have yet to meet their mentor need. The application can be found at www.tnachieves.org.
Launched in 2008, tnAchieves is a privately-funded scholarship and mentoring program that seeks to provide an opportunity for every Tennessee student to earn a post-secondary degree.
For information on tnAchieves, contact Graham Thomas at 615.604.1306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.