Sep. 16

What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships


If you’ve ever thought about becoming a mentor, check out how spending time with a child – consistently offering support – can matter so much in that young person’s life.

Hear young people talk about the value of caring relationships.

America’s Promise, a Points of Light partner, has just released its follow-up to “Don’t Call Them Dropouts”“Don’t Quit on Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships.” The new study offers insights from young people on how supportive relationships with adults and peers can help close the gap between those who graduate high school on time and those who don’t. 

“Don’t Quit on Me” answers questions about what kinds of support matter in young people’s decision to stay in, leave and return to school. 

The report says that young people are more likely to graduate if they have access to an “anchoring” relationship and a web of supportive relationships. A relationship with one stable, trusted person makes a difference. This relationship allows the young person to access available community assets and to leverage internal strengths.

However, a single caring adult cannot be the sole support. The purpose of the anchoring relationship is to serve as a gateway to a web of support – which may include family, caring adults inside and outside school, and peers – making an array of supports visible, accessible and relevant to re-engagement.

You can read more about the report here. To find mentoring opportunities in your area, visit


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