With only seven weeks remaining, tnAchieves, the partnering organization that administers Gov. Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program in 84 counties, needs 4,000 more mentors to meet its goal of providing every Tennessee Promise applicant with a local support system.
Each Tennessee Promise applicant is assigned a volunteer mentor who assists the student in eliminating the barriers associated with post-secondary access and success. Mentors support students as they navigate the college process and provide the nudges many need to earn a college credential.
“Tennessee Promise provides the platform to shift our culture in Tennessee,” said Krissy DeAlejandro, executive director of tnAchieves.
Mentors are asked to give one hour per month to high school seniors as they transition from high school to college. The organization provides training, a handbook and weekly communication to ensure the mentor is fully equipped to serve his/ her students.
According to Director of Schools Bobby Cox, Warren County needs 42 more mentors to meet student demand. Thus far, enrollment in the Tennessee Promise program is around 96 percent of local seniors, making participation a major success in Warren County. Cox says he hopes Warren County will be able to provide mentors by the deadline to ensure all participating students are able to have access to college or technical education.
Tennessee Promise not only provides two years of college education but can also be used at technical schools like Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The deadline to apply to be a mentor is Dec. 1, 2017. The application can be found at www.tnachieves.org.