Every DAy in School Mentoring Program

Telephone: (901)222-1395
Megan Pietrowski, Director of Community Affairs
The D.A.’s Every DAy in School mentoring-based truancy reduction program is designed to provide support to students, parents and schools to decrease habitual truancy occurring at middle schools, to reduce student contact with the juvenile justice system and to reduce youth involvement in criminal activity and gangs.
The program seeks to identify students who have been marked as habitually truant (absent five days without excuse) from school. Once identified, both the youth and their parent or custodian will be asked to enter a standard agreement with the D.A.’s Office. In this agreement the youth and the parents agree to be matched with, and cooperate with, a designated, trained Truancy Program mentor. This agreement is enforced by court order in Juvenile Court.
Once assigned a mentor, the student is monitored and evaluated on their school attendance, performance and conduct. The student is also evaluated on their conduct at home, and with any community service or faith-based activities recommended by the mentor. The mentor, a case advocate from the school and an assistant district attorney from Juvenile Court will make a final assessment of the student’s progress.
The program was launched at the beginning of the 2006 school year in three schools. The program has grown dramatically to now include 30 Shelby County schools for the 2018-19 school year.
Mentors are volunteers from the community willing to spend a minimum of eight hours per month with a student. Our office trains the mentors and provides assistance in ensuring the mentor/mentee relationship is productive and beneficial. In a 2010 study conducted by the University of Memphis’ School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Memphis City Schools recorded a clear reduction in truancy rates linked to the D.A.’s truancy reduction program.
Become a Mentor
If you would like to become a mentor please download, print and fill out the application below.