Do your part to support Indiana college students
As a member of the community, you can make a difference for students and employers across Indiana and beyond. By becoming a mentor or signing your business or club up as a member of our College Success Coalitions, you directly influence students right here in Indiana—with results that you can see.
Be a Mentor
College mentors can make a vast difference in the life of a college-bound high school student. A mentor can help a student figure out what their dream is, and could be the person a student looks back on as the most important in helping them achieve their education. The power of mentoring lies in providing young people a consistent and caring guide who will help them achieve their dreams.
With a mentor, kids are more likely to graduate from high school. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America reports students who regularly meet with mentors are 52% less likely to skip school. By becoming involved in students’ lives, you help them develop positive attitudes toward school, resulting in a rise in the college-educated workforce. In fact, the Starfish Initiative program in Indianapolis saw 80% of their first class of graduates enroll in college.
Join our College Success Coalitions
Learn More Indiana’s College Success Coalition is a network of state and local organizations working to increase college access and success across the state of Indiana. Coalitions include county-level networks composed of local organizations that work together to plan and implement efforts supporting students of all ages in completing education and training beyond high school.
Member organizations include local businesses, government, colleges, schools, community groups, youth-serving organizations, service clubs, community foundations, faith-based organizations and more. All organizations implement small or large college and career planning activities designed to help students take the necessary steps to get into and succeed in college.
HOW CAN YOU BE A BETTER MENTOR?
The following resource lists offer tips and tools to help you be a better mentor, as well as locating mentoring organizations in your area. See guidelines for developing a mentoring program that aligns with the Indiana Quality Mentoring Standards, and download materials you can use to coach students on how to manage stress, develop good study skills and be successful in school. Click on a resource title to download it or use the search box to find a particular topic.
College mentors resource list