Hudson Peer Mentoring Model and I AM College READY
MISSION and PURPOSE
I AM College READY (IAMCR), based on the Hudson Peer Mentoring Model is the outcome of 30 years of delivering peer-led group mentoring and tutoring services to over 1000 high school graduates in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Hudson Peer Mentoring Model (formerly known as BROTHERS) is a model for attaining High School Graduation, College Admission and Graduation.
The Hudson Peer Mentoring Model is a proven effective supervised group model, which allows peers, under adult supervision, to serve as leaders and freely discuss solutions to obtaining academic and career goals in a school setting. Youth are empowered to access essential services necessary to succeed in high school. Both youth and their parents receive necessary information regarding the college process from high school grades, SAT’s, financial aid, college majors, and college tours. As a result, the youth are empowered to participate during their high school years and develop the confidence to aim for higher education. Parents are informed about the realistic options available and are able to support their children’s efforts at attaining college or post-high school educational training.
I AM COLLEGE READY is staff supervised by dedicated Coordinators. Partnerships with schools supports Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) Employee participation and leadership during program hours. Thus, FLS program staff and MCPS staff are present during programming, which reinforces the importance of formal education and individual academic goals. During program hours, Montgomery College students and high school students experience the benefits of community service by serving as speakers and group leaders. This unique opportunity allows students to gain valuable teaching experience and life lessons. Selected high school students attend supervised and organized field trips to local colleges. High School youth receive essential academic support to succeed in school. Group mentoring and tutoring services are provided during after-school hours at the school and program staff led peer mediation services are provided during school hours.
HISTORY OF MERGE BETWEEN FAMILY LEARNING SOLUTIONS, INC and THE HUDSON PEER MENTORING MODEL (BROTHERS) to I AM COLLEGE READY
BROTHERS, founded in 1984 by Mr. Morris H. Hudson, the first of its kind in Montgomery County, Maryland, established a model of group mentoring at several high schools that relied on high school students demonstrating achievement to lead discussions with peers in a group setting during or after school hours. Thus, students who have demonstrated successful problem-solving skills are rewarded and in turn make a positive contribution to their community.
Family Learning Solutions, (FLS), Inc. was founded in 1997, by Dr. Lori Melman, Ph.D. to address gaps in academic achievement and supportive services to young residents of Montgomery County, Maryland. To improve academic and social skills among participants to the level necessary for productive and self-sufficient adult living FLS implemented a comprehensive youth development program at a housing community to provide effective academic, enrichment and supportive services in a physically accessible location, which ensured accessibility to the “hardest to reach” and “most in need” youth and families.
Mr. Hudson and Dr. Melman joined forces in 2000 to implement college readiness programming via the peer-leadership-mentoring model to high-school students enrolled in Montgomery County public schools, at their high school, which ensures access to hardest to serve youth (youth without transportation and limited parent availability)
COST-EFFECTIVENESS and INVESTMENT/OUTCOMES RATIO
A Model for attaining College Admission
The formerly titled program known as BROTHERS, serving youth residing in Montgomery County, Maryland, since 1984, has resulted in an amazing number of students graduating from 4-year colleges. The investment to outcomes ratio of the Hudson Peer Mentoring Model (formerly known as BROTHERS makes it by far one of if not the most cost efficient college readiness programs in the United States. The outcomes of this program demonstrate an approximate $500 per year per student investment. Throughout its existence, Family Learning Solutions and BROTHERS programming has proven their capacity to accomplish community based mentoring for the least amount of funding. Making this program one of the most cost-effective mentoring/tutoring programs in the United States.
That being said, the number one goal of the I AM College READY program is to reach thousands more deserving high school youth.