Why invest in mentor relationships?

Kellie RomanyOutcomes, Volunteers

Consistency is key

One of the pillars of WITS programming is consistency. Through diligent planning, the WITS program team ensures that each WITS student has a mentor to read with every session. WITS mentors are trained and equipped with strategies to connect with students over stories and activities.

At-risk students who have a mentor are 130% more likely to hold a leadership position.Studies have shown that:
  • Students who meet regularly with mentors are 52% less likely than peers to skip a day of school.
  • Students who have mentors report setting higher educational goals and are more likely to attend college than those without mentors.
  • Students who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.
  • At-risk students who have a mentor are 130% more likely to hold a leadership position.
Committed to the power of reading

WITS mentors are committed to the long-term success of their students and are invested in the school community where they serve. Most importantly, WITS mentors believe deeply in students and the power of reading.

A donation of just $30 provides a WITS student books to celebrate their time with their WITS mentor. Donate today and help strengthen these relationships that make a difference in the lives of thousands of Chicago Public Schools students.