The goals of the Mentoring Program are:

  • increase the number of graduates from GHS;
  • afford students the opportunity to have mentors to provide a caring adult role model for them during this critical stage of their lives;
  • compliment students’ leadership and development skills, allowing access to senior level professionals in the community;
  • provide students guidance from leaders they might not be able to access; and
  • ensure students are nurtured by others willing to share time and experiences to support participants’ success in a global society.

The following outcomes are also being measured of the Mentees:

  • AP Class in junior year (2017-18 Mentees are currently enrolled in a minimum of 2 AP classes)
  • School Attendance @95%
  • A/B Honor Roll
  • School + 2 extra activities
  • Prepared for outside Garinger High School (social trust)
  • College Acceptance Plan

Target Population: GHS has a diverse population of 1,845 students school year 2018-19

  • 53% male and 47% female
  • 97% minority enrollment
  • 46% of the students, English is not their first language;
  • 100% of total enrollment are economically disadvantaged and;
  • GHS is well positioned to accept assistance in the areas of support for teachers, students and partner organizations.

Building trust and increasing social capital continues to be a critical need in Charlotte. High School students often do not have access to mentors different than their own backgrounds, thereby limiting their opportunities in today’s global society. One way to assist students overcome educational challenge is through building relationships using mentoring as a strategy. WIE believes that mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people access to someone who cares about them. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have a powerfully positive effect on young people in a variety of personal, academic and professional situations.

Success is measured by the number of people impacted by the GMAD program and successful pairings each year.

WIE engaged an independent Evaluator to conduct an end of year evaluation to measure the success of the pilot program. The evaluation prepared included a review of relevant research including best practices of programs and mentors and relevant literature for the programmatic focus of GMAD. The program site and program components were discussed as well as findings from interviews with student participants and in depth survey data from mentors.

Findings indicated that both mentees and mentors found the GMAD program of value. Mentors demonstrated a clear commitment to the program and to the mentees, Mentees found great value in their mentor relationship. Specifically, mentors provided support, offering insight, advice and growth in four main categories:

  • College and Career: Mentors support information pathways and decision making around coursework, college attendance, and potential career options.
  • Exposure: Mentors exposed mentees to travel, the arts, and cultural activities.
  • Motivational/Inspiration: Mentors motivated and supported mentees toward success
  • Skills: Developing relationships with their mentors provided models and expectations of professional interactions and cultivated social and communications skills.

Several components of the GMAD program that were identified as successful practices within the evaluation participant feedback included:

  • Strong collaboration with school staff
  • Focus on long term mentoring relationship, with the goal of supporting mentees through high school graduation and college enrollment
  • Offering a range of program activities, beyond one-on-one meetings with matched pairs
  • Programmatic focus on college attendance and career pathways.

The program’s model is based on the premise that cross difference relationships can break down racial barriers by exposing participants to people from cultures and therefore dismantle societal barriers which leads to fostering trust

If you have any questions or are interesting in becoming a GMAD mentor or mentee, please contact the GMAD Committee Chairs, Dorothy Counts-Scoggins or Donna Parker-Tate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..