It comes as a surprise to some observers when they find out that the graduation rate in the Minneapolis Public Schools last year was just shy of 54 percent. That means almost half the students don’t graduate on time. And that number represented an improvement over the year 2012.
Achieve Minneapolis is one of the groups trying to change those numbers. Part of the strategy involves mentoring through one-on-one relationships that students have with so-called “Graduation Coaches.”
For the coming school year, Achieve Minneapolis intends to expand the program to serve 500 students. That means more mentors are needed. Accordingly, there’s a recruitment event on June 24th at the Cowles Center on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.
Rebecca Noecker is the Director of Community Engagement for Achieve Minneapolis. She talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie about the job of a Graduation coach. [Audio below]