When the program started in the fall of 2009, there were about 70 mentees and 45 mentors. In the spring of 2010, there were about 118 mentees and 49 mentors. Approximately 92 percent of the students enrolled in the fall returned for the spring semester, and in most cases, they outperformed students who were not mentored.
For student Yannick Brown, having a mentor has kept his grades on track. “This is the first year I have been able to maintain A’s all year,” he said. “Usually, I lose focus and then my grades slip, but this year I have Dr. Moono [his mentor] and other mentors, like Yasmin Williams, who encourage me to keep working.”
Student Quinlyn Campbell says his mentor, Associate Professor of English Dr. Peter Scheponik, has guided him in several ways. “It is helpful knowing where to go to get help and to have the name of a person to ask for,” he said.
“We discuss his progress in class and how to improve study habits, as well as transportation issues,” Dr. Scheponik said. “We worked on his resume together, so he could apply for the work study program.”