While all mentoring programs help improve student performance and graduation rates, some community colleges are finding that minority mentorship programs are even more beneficial. Colleges across the country are celebrating the outstanding results achieved through the collaborative efforts of on-campus minority mentoring programs. As the Education Resources Services Center articulates, “Mentoring is a process that can increase the retention of minority students, with larger numbers graduated and hired for faculty positions.”
Through these diverse and expansive offerings, 3MI members were able to shift their attitudes and behaviors, ultimately becoming mentors and role models for other students in the surrounding communities. Many of the 3MI mentees have overcome histories of drug use, criminal activity, and/or incarceration records. Therefore, the positive encouragement offered by leaders has been immeasurably beneficial for both students and community members.
The 3MI group is only one example of how beneficial a minority mentoring program can be. Consider joining an organization on your community college campus, either as a mentor or mentee, to help contribute to the rich fabric of your community.