During previous school years, these 30 mentors were matched with students with specific interests in common. Teachers, students, and mentors fostered these relationships during a 7:45-8:30 a.m. mentoring block and during 5-8 grade lunch periods incorporating this form of learning into the school day.
During COVID, students were suddenly thrust from school into uncertain educational territory. Unsurprisingly, students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and BIPOC families were, statistically speaking, more affected by the pandemic disruption to education. STRIVE Initiative is a nonprofit committed to lifting middle school students from these demographics. Despite face-to-face challenges, STRIVE successfully launched a pilot program for tutoring and continued to visit 12 Created For Greatness students and their families during the COVID stay-at-home order.
During the 2021-22 school year STRIVE managed to rebuild the mentoring program to 34 students being mentored.