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For at-risk students, veteran mentors are a phone call away

For at-risk students, veteran mentors are a phone call away

Equipped with a flip phone and 400 free minutes, each member of a group of truant students at Carver Vocational Technical High School knows that at any moment a call could come that changes his or her day — or life. The Baltimore students are part of the Dropout and Truancy Prevention Network, a national program that partners them with wounded veterans who serve as mentors. The 15 students are chronically truant or tardy, behaviors that can lead to dropping out of school altogether. The goal of the virtual mentoring program — the mentors are usually in other states; they maintain the relationship through phone conversations several times a week — is to steer students back...

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