MTL Coordinator: Monifa Nealy
MTL Academic Coach: Michelle Ducio
MTL Academic Coach:Dina M. La Fargue Augustin
MTL is a peer-to-peer mentoring, student leadership and educational reengagement program
which serves youth who are at risk for not graduating and/or remaining in school. The program
aims to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates, particularly among minority
males. MTL is based on five pillars:
1. Academic Achievement
Ninth (9th) and tenth (10th) graders who have earned below a 2.0 grade point average are
assigned a caring adult-an Academic Coach-and student mentors for ongoing support,
including learning study skills in a quiet, structured environment (study hall) twice
per week, as well as receiving support with monitoring and increasing academic progress.
High achieving (GPA 3.0 or above) upperclassmen with demonstrated leadership skills
participate in a two-year mentor relationship with students who have earned a GPA
lower than 2.0. This is a structured relationship that is facilitated by MTL program staff. All MTL
students are exposed to adult role models and mentors from the community during
monthly workshops, and from interacting with guest speakers who take part in
the MTL Career and College Exploration Series. Monthly parent education workshops to
cover topics such as Graduation Requirements, Grading, Stages of Adolescent
Development, Academic Needs of Adolescents, etc. Parent workshops to address
parental needs, such as; Employability Training, Managing Stress, and literacy classes will also
be offered while simultaneously developing parent leaders.
3. Family Involvement
MTL parents and guardians attend monthly parent education workshops that cover topics such
as; graduation requirements, grading, stages of adolescent development, academic needs
of adolescents, etc.
4. Community Support
Community members volunteer to serve as adult mentors and role models, presenters at
parent and student workshops, guest speakers through the College and Career Exploration
Series, as well as donors, sponsors and members of the MTL Advisory Board.
Program participants earn several incentives as they work to improve their grades and meet
high school graduation requirements. Student mentors also earn incentives as they inspire
their peers to achieve academic excellence. These incentives include recognition within the
school and community, visits to local colleges and post-secondary institutions, and an all-
expenses paid College Tour.