The Weekly “Connect” Meeting
Why focus on relationship building?
The foundation of C&C is the student-mentor relationship. The “Connect” meeting is a time to build that relationship, as well as to discuss students’ school experiences. Research shows that having a relationship with one caring adult at school acts as a protective factor for students who are otherwise at risk of dropping out.
Protective Factors are elements in a student’s life which act as buffers against the effects of status risk factors in a student’s life. Please see the table below to compare protective factors and alterable risk factors predictive of school dropout (from Implementing with Fidelity, p. 23).
Since your relationship with your students is a protective factor, it is essential that you intentionally build and nurture a relationship based on mutual trust and open communication.
Alterable risk and protective factors associated with school dropout
Alterable Risk Factors