The partnering organization that administers Tennessee Promise in 85 counties — tnAchieves — exceeded its mentor goal with 9,301 volunteers recruited to work with Tennessee Promise applicants from the Class of 2016.
“The most important part of the Tennessee Promise is mentoring. It cannot just be about access, it has to be about success. Mentoring makes a major impact on the lives of our young people, and their success is transforming our state,” said Randy Boyd, Commissioner of Tennessee Economic and Community Development and tnAchieves Board Chairman. “And as a mentor the last 6 years, I can also say it is an incredibly rewarding experience for the mentors themselves.”
Each applicant is assigned a volunteer mentor who assists the student in eliminating the barriers associated with post-secondary access and success. tnAchieves mentors support the student through admission and financial aid paperwork, motivate the student to meet deadlines, and perhaps most importantly, encourage the student to reach his/her potential.
Mentors provide the support system many students need as they transition from high school to post-secondary,” said Krissy DeAlejandro, Executive Director of tnAchieves. “Tennessee is taking a holistic approach to student success by eliminating the funding barrier but also understanding that many students require additional guidance and encouragement.”
tnAchieves recruited mentors across the state from local businesses, civic and professional organizations, chambers of commerce, and post-secondary institutions. The organization relied heavily on its county-based local advisory councils to assist with recruitment.
“We are grateful for the more than 9,300 volunteers who have committed to invest in student success,” echoed Graham Thomas, Director of Community Partnerships of tnAchieves.
Launched in 2008, tnAchieves is a privately-funded scholarship and mentoring program that seeks to provide an opportunity for every Tennessee student to earn a post-secondary degree.
For information on tnAchieves, contact Krissy DeAlejandro, Executive Director, at 865-621-9223 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.