Be a mentor and make a difference with TN Promise!

So you want to mentor a student for Tennessee Promise? Northeast State would love to have you!

tnAchieves, a partnering organization to Governor Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise is seeking to bring more than 6,000 volunteer mentors statewide to support the Tennessee Promise initiative. Northeast State is seeking mentors for Sullivan, Washington, Carter, Unicoi, and Johnson counties.

Who can become a tnAchieves Mentor?
• Any individual who wants to invest 10-15 hours annually assisting 5-10 high school seniors with post-secondary success
• Must be 21 years or older
• Subject to a background check

To become a tnAchieves mentor, you must…
• Apply online by November 1
• Complete mandatory mentor training by Dec. 15
• Attend mandatory January Team Meeting
• Attend mandatory March Team Meeting

An effective mentor…
• Makes initial contact with students before January Team Meeting
• Reminds students of all meetings and deadlines
• Attends January and March Team Meetings
• Encourages students to reach their potential
• Assists students with community service opportunities

TN Promise needs mentors to work with students.
TN Promise needs mentors to work with students.

Data confirms that working with a mentor further enhances a student’s likelihood of entering the post-secondary pipeline. In fact, UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research found that students participating with tnAchieves are nearly 21 percent more likely to enter college.

The role is simple but significant as our mentors help students reach their potential. At its core, tnAchieves mentors complete an application, choose their preferred high school, complete a one-hour training session, attend two one-hour meetings, and communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text as they transition from high school to college.

If you are interested in becoming a tnAchieves Mentor, visit For questions please contact Graham Thomas at 615.604.1306 or

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