Chestertown, MD (July 24, 2018)–Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s–an academic and enrichment program for promising students with limited economic means–proudly announced today that ALL seniors in its High School Mentor Program graduated on time in June and will continue on to community college, employment, or the military. Without the Horizons Mentor Program, students with limited economic means have a much higher rate of being retained and not graduating on time, and are 50% more likely to be unemployed after high school. This critical high school program–made possible by grants from the Kent Youth Program and the Kudner Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation–pairs mentors from the academic community and other community leaders with students who have aged out of the Horizons middle school program. Mentors expose, encourage, and help students plan their post-graduation opportunities and provide support throughout the school year.
This year, the Horizons High School Mentor Program included 10 mentors and 17 students from Kent County High School, ranging from 9th to 12th grade. Mentor Program Director Kelley Moore explains, “Our mentors meet with students twice a month to work on career planning, course selection, and homework. Their guidance makes a direct impact on the future education and vocations of these students. Without the Horizons Mentor Program, many of these students would not graduate on time, and end up unemployed. This program changes the course of their lives.”
Additionally, Moore explains, “coaches” treat students to some really great experiences, not always revolving around school. For example, Moore says, “All of our mentors have taken their students to special dinners throughout the year, movies, and/or shopping. I know one coach went to his student’s musical at the school, graduation at the end of the school year, and a track meet. One coach took their student to Washington, D.C., showed him the museums, and went to a 3D IMAX theatre. Some of the girls got their nails done and others went on college visits. Our mentors expose their students to experiences that may not otherwise have.”
About Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s
Since 1995, Horizons has served hundreds of Kent and Queen Anne’s County children at or below the poverty level, as part of a national initiative to reduce the summer slide. The six-week program headquartered at The Gunston School, Kent School, and Washington College, serves 180 promising local students from Pre-K through eighth grade. In addition, the high school mentor program serves almost 20 additional students during the school year, resulting in greater post-graduation success.
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Photo Caption: Kent County High School students Alicia Poole and Aaron Locke meet with their Horizons Mentor Connie Schroth to discuss and plan post-graduation opportunities.