High school dropout rates have declined substantially in recent decades, but remain unacceptably high in traditionally underserved communities. Too often, students at risk for dropping out receive little individual attention when grades first begin slipping or when attendance suffers.      

Through Check & Connect, ICI’s longstanding, evidence-based dropout prevention model now used in 48 states, trained mentors work with at-risk students in a one-on-one relationship that emphasizes accountability in student attendance, behavior, and grades, but also understanding, support, and trust. This work is now being expanded to diverse communities and age groups as a structured mentoring model that can provide a framework for life planning among populations at-risk.