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MDC Single Stop Mentoring Program:Access, Retention, and Success

Miami Dade College (MDC) Single Stop program is a “One Stop Shop” for students to connect to social services, mentoring programs, and academic counseling. Established in 2010, MDC Single Stop program proactively works to assist low-income students to obtain a college degree. MDC and its partners provide necessary counseling and coaching for participants from pre-registration to graduation and job placement. The program is administered at MDC’s three largest campuses: Kendall, North and Wolfson. All the services are free for Miami Dade College students and their families.

Who are you?

The MDC Mentoring Program is an initiative that place students in a 2-year mentoring relationships. The program provides one-on-one academic support and career coaching that enable students to achieve a college degree and employment upon graduation.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

In 2009, 1,475 young adults aged out of foster care in Florida. Based on recent statistics, less than 50% will earn a high school diploma before they turn 22, most will experience homelessness and only 30% will be gainfully employed. Nationally less than 3% of former foster care youth your ever obtain a college degree. Through the MDC Single Stop Mentoring Program, MDC can expand its program to assist these young adults to obtain a college degree and career success.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The strength of Miami relies on its residents. We must provide the opportunity for an education to all residents and implement systems to help our citizens to succeed. In partnership with Educate Tomorrow, an organization that promotes independence through education, MDC is working to close the gap of educational attainment for former foster care youth. Support from the Miami Foundation would help MDC to expand the mentor program to a silent and extremely at risk population in our community.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The MDC Mentoring program has traditional served our most at-risk population. Over the past three years, 343 mentor/mentee relationships have been established. For academic year 2013/2014, the average participant GPA was 3.0. 69% of the participants have a completion rate of 50% and more are on track to graduate this year. This past summer our mentoring program implemented an executive paid internship program which include permit job placement.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Miami Dade College

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