The Grand Junction Free Press has an article about the Partner program in Denver that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The program has 130 active partnerships in Mesa County with a wait list of almost two years for young men.
Omni Research in Denver shows kids who participate in the Partners program have more self-confidence, decreased delinquency, are less inclined to use drugs or alcohol, and have better attitudes regarding their futures.
Good high schools have professional development for staff members that teaches them to make meaningful connections with students. It could be giving a kind word of praise or asking a caring question about the student's social life. But everybody needs somebody.