The Results, ROI, and Future Plans
The Sims-Fayola Foundation’s mentoring program was developed after parents kept calling schools looking for a mentoring program for their school-aged boys in Denver, Colorado. Since its founding, the Foundation has impacted more than 10,000 young men and boys of color. The Mentoring Central trainings have helped to support many high-quality mentoring relationships. When mentoring across state lines and with thousands of people involved, consistency is imperative. Mentoring Central’s programs have provided this stability to allow for the continued, and growing, success of the Sims-Fayola Foundation.
With a common understanding and definition of mentoring, the Foundation has changed lives across the country. All the more, during the pandemic, the Sims-Fayola Foundation was able to pivot to a virtual mentoring program with the aid of Mentoring Central. Without this expeditious turnaround, dozens of young men and boys would have gone without guidance and support provided by mentors during one of the most challenging moments in modern history. Organizations around the U.S., such as the Sims-Fayola Foundation, have played an integral role in decreasing the high school dropout rate for Black students to about 4% nationwide. This rate has been cut approximately in half in the last decade. The same is true for Hispanic and Latino students.
Looking ahead, the Sims-Fayola Foundation will continue to support the brilliant boys and young men who participate in their programs. They have built a strong foundation by using Mentoring Central’s training programs and plan to continue to personalize their mentor training practices to best support their goals.