(Frequently asked questions)
WHAT ARE RAP'S GOALS?
Raising Academic Performance, Inc. (RAP) identifies and assists students at risk of dropping out of school by recruiting, training and providing volunteer mentors to motivate students to improve their academic performance, social skills and/or family relations.
To recruit and train volunteer mentors for at-risk students.
To encourage and motivate students toward academic success.
To reduce the dropout rate.
To provide tutors for students who meet specific qualifications.
To provide educational awareness programs dealing with drug and alcohol abuse, emotional problems and other issues.
To create an atmosphere of community involvement in its youth.
HOW DOES RAP WORK?
- Students are referred to RAP by the classroom teacher and/or school counselor.
- Students may be selected for low academic achievement, or simply encouragement and support.
- Parents or guardians are required to sign a permission form before their child can participate in the program.
- Volunteers are trained in effective and empathetic listening, relating and encouraging.
- Trained and Qualified mentors are matched to students. The mentor visits with his/her assigned student for one hour each week only during school hours and on school grounds. During the visit, the mentor may help the student with school work, talk about what’s going on at school or with friends, and provide a strong, positive role model for the student.
- Discussion groups and awareness programs are held periodically to assist mentors.
How DOES RAP HELP?
- Students develop a more positive self-image through one-on-one interaction with a mentor.
- Students’ academic skills improve.
- RAP strengthens the bond between student, the school and the community.
WHO IS A RAP MENTOR?
- A person who cares about children and their education.
- Screened, qualified and trained individuals from different ethnic background and all segments of the community.
- A person with a positive self-image who is willing to offer a helping hand.
- An encourager, a guide, a facilitator, a friend, a giver and a guiding light.