Check & Connect
What is Check & Connect?
Check & Connect is a long-term, educational mentoring programme for students at risk of disengaging from school.
The programme was developed by the University of Minnesota in the late 1990s. In the United States it has proven to help students:
- improve their engagement and retention rates
- develop a positive attitude to learning
- increase their levels of problem solving
- raise their academic performance.
The Ministry of Education is trialling Check & Connect as part of the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project, through the Positive Behaviour for Learning programme (PB4L).
The trials will explore how the programme can be delivered to students in New Zealand to achieve the same benefits seen in the USA.
What is involved?
A school nominates students based on a number of risk indicators, including lateness to school and classes, incomplete homework, absenteeism.
Students accepted onto the programme are matched with a trained Check & Connect mentor. The mentor works with the student to help them to set and achieve their educational goals over a minimum period of two years. This includes working with the student’s whānau/family and school, and other service providers who can help the student achieve their goals.
The Check & Connect trials started in late 2013 and the results of the trials are expected in early 2016.