Business Mentors May Help Middle Schoolers Stay in School

We know middle school is when kids run the risk of losing interest in school and falling behind. There is a program that extends the school day for students at a few very low performing middle schools to keep them engaged, with "apprenticeships" led by volunteers who  teach the students how to develop plans for a tech start-up, a sports franchise, or some other business idea they've concocted.

The program was successful at improving attendance and grades in Boston and is beginning to show promise here.