MATCH New Mexico
MATCH New Mexico, an acronym for Mentoring and Tutoring Create Hope, establishes one-to-one relationships between dedicated college students and at-risk children to prevent dropout and grow individual potential.
MATCH New Mexico is in elementary schools in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos matching college student mentors with 3rd graders for 1:1 mentoring and tutoring, 4 hours a week, to help academically at-risk students with reading and math proficiency, to prepare them for 4th grade and ultimately for high school graduation.
College students are selected by application and review by the college and MATCH and pass a formal background check. In addition to mentoring, the college students go through a formal training process and receive regular oversight and opportunities for continued education. In exchange for their work mentors receive a stipend to offset educational costs.
MATCH is steadily growing, providing 576 hours of 1:1 mentoring in the 2012-2013 school year, 2000 in the 2013-2014 school year, and up to 12000 in the 2014-2015 school year. MATCH NM is currently visiting with other communities to establish partnerships and to determine needs and interests in their schools.
Jennifer Gomez-Chavez, Program Director