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Achievement Mentoring

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A middle school, two-year intervention that uses small group meetings designed to reduce adolescent drug abuse and school failure among high-risk adolescents by enhancing school attendance, promptness, achievement, and discipline.

Initial Training and Technical Assistance

A one-time start-up fee for the Achievement Mentoring program is $20,000, plus trainer travel. This includes three days of on-site training for up to 5 mentors, program manuals for 5 mentors, reporting forms, and monthly consultation with mentors for two academic years.

Curriculum and Materials

Curriculum and materials are included in the start-up fee listed under initial training and technical assistance.

Materials Available in Other Language: A program brochure and parent letter are available in Spanish, at no additional cost. No other program materials have been translated.



Other Start-Up Costs


Ongoing Curriculum and Materials

Minimal photocopying of reporting forms required.


When offered by a school, mentors are usually existing school staff members who volunteer their time as mentors. Mentoring usually occurs during the school day. In some instances mentors have been compensated for their time, although this is unusual.

Other Implementation Costs

Costs for optional in-school AM program launch luncheon and year-end AM program awards luncheon. In a school-based program, there is no cost for space or transportation. Costs for space and transportation would need to be considered for implementation at a non-school site. Sites may also want to consider providing mentee and mentor incentives.

Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance

These costs are included in the start-up fee listed above.

Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation

The start-up fee includes fidelity monitoring and program evaluation (mentor and mentee surveys) for the first two years.

Ongoing License Fees


Year One Cost Example

The following example is for a school to initiate the Achievement Mentoring program with 5 mentors and 20 students (4 per mentor).

Start-up Fee (includes training, materials, on-going consultation, fideity monitoring and program evaluation)
Travel - estimated cost varies depending on site location

Total Year One Cost

Fee also covers second school year of AM program.
For a school to initiate the Achievement Mentoring program with 5 mentors and 20 mentees, the Year 1 cost would be $23,500. This consists of the initial start-up fee and trainer travel. The cost per mentee would be $1175 for the two school years of the program.