U.S. Department of Education. (2016). Issue Brief: Mentoring. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, Policy and Program Studies Service.
The brief describes the use of mentoring as a dropout prevention strategy based on a nationally representative sample of more than 2,000 U.S. public high schools. Adult mentors provide high school students with supportive relationships to address their academic and nonacademic needs. A mentor is not a case manager, regular school counselor, or peer. These mentorships are formalized through the matching of an adult to students and are different from mentorships that might develop more informally in other contexts.