The Tennessee Promise program allows high school graduates to get two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees.
Mentors can sign up online and once registered, the mentor will be paired with a student who the mentor will help guide through the process of meeting important deadlines, registering for college and answering any questions they may have as they begin their journey as a college freshman next fall.
A mentor only requires a time commitment of about one hour per month, and the impact a mentor could have on a student’s life can be significant, particularly for those who are the first in their family to go to college.
Currently, Wilson County has 122 of the 250 mentors needed to meet student demand for the class of 2018.
More than 250 Wilson County students in the high school graduating class of 2015 took advantage of the Tennessee Promise initiative, which started with their class.
According to Tennessee Achieves data, Wilson County had 1,486 Tennessee Promise applicants in the class of 2015, and 1,078 enrolled in fall classes. About 800 of those students completed their first year.
Tennessee Promise part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative, launched in 2013, which has the goal to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025.
TNAchieves also introduced its #FindAFriend campaign. When a mentor finds someone new to become a mentor, make sure they list his or her name in the “How did you hear about tnAchieves?” field of the application.
The recruiter will then be entered into a drawing to receive gift cards to area restaurants and attractions, tickets to sporting events, gift baskets from chambers of commerce and several other prizes.
Interested participants may register to become a mentor at tnachieves.org/mentors/apply.