WHY A ROLE MODEL PROGRAM?
Research has shown that there is a strong correlation between students having a mentor/role model and their pursuit of higher education.
WHY MIDDLE SCHOOLS?
In order to reduce dropout rates, intervention is necessary at an early age, even as early as middle school. Cynthia Smith, executive director of the Juvenile Assessment Center said many of the students she sees have "mentally dropped out of school much earlier than when they finally stop going to class.” The juvenile center uses academic testing to test those who have committed crimes and have found that many teenagers test in at third or fourth grade reading and math. This fact reiterates the importance of early intervention among middle school students.
Another reason for targeting middle schools is to increase their students’ interest in attending magnet high schools when available in their communities. Magnet schools recruit and filter candidates from middle schools based on test scores and their interest in the special interests. The middle schools students need to be prepared adequately through 6-8th grades including exposure to a variety of careers so that they can make better decisions in relation to which magnet high school they might want to attend.