High School Mentoring

Empower your everyday students to mentor their peers

Increase social emotional learning & academic achievement

See our program in action

The Ignite team trains student mentors onsite through a peer-to-peer mentoring system that is customized to your school needs. With the option to bring our team onsite or virtually, we can tackle challenges by working with staff & students first-hand through the pipeline of peer influence. 


Ignite has partnered with NCCEP/Gear-Up Schools and School Districts since 1998, and trained students and staff online for the last 10 years. Hear from one of our partnering schools that has presented our program at their NCCEP National Conference 2022:  

Data has proven how critical the first year is on a student’s success

The first year of high school makes all the difference


First-year students are anxiety stricken


are having suicidal thoughts daily


are failing 2 or more classes

What is an Ignite Mentor ?

Students leading students to help change the climate and culture of their community

As an Ignite Mentor your task is not only to advise, but also to build. Build each other up and build relationships. To do so, mentors in the Ignite system are broken up between two roles, Executive Mentors and Mentors.
Executive Mentor
  • Program Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Train The Trainer Model
  • Cognitive Skill Development
  • Facilitator
  • Tier 1 and 2 Intervention Support

Year-Long Mentor
  • Life Skills

  • Transitioning Student Academic and Whole Child Support
  • Facilitator
  • Trusted Peer, Advocate, and Role Model
  • Tier 2 Intervention Support

Our Curriculum
  • Lessons Are In Multiple Languages
  • Research Based
  • Culturally Responsive
  • Aligns With Washington State OSPI Standards and Benchmarks
  • Leadership CTE Curriculum
  • Advisory Curriculum
Sample Lesson

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Sample Lesson

On average, a school receives over $12,000 per student per year based on attendance.  Through the Ignite mentoring program, we focus on boosting attendance by increasing social-emotional skills and self worth which influences students to engage in school. Do the Math!

Create a sense of community for every student to feel accepted. Let’s give them a sense of belonging their first year

Your upper-class student mentors will lead the way!

For less than a water bottle per student per day you can rehydrate the foundation of every incoming student

If you or your teachers are wondering…


Can our school climate thrive?

Do our students even care?

It is not just the winning football game, the spirit week, or the college ready courses that make a positive climate

It’s your everyday students given an opportunity to learn from one another everyday

The Payoffs


increase in graduation


increase in feeling of belonging for the incoming class


increase in Attendance

Before I used to sit in class and just be on my phone. I just didn’t care about school. Now I’m a mentor. I make connections with other students, and I like that I can be a change in someone else’s life.

Andrea, SeniorGeorge W. Carver HS, Birmingham, AL

The number of failures in 9th grade dropped by 53% our first year with Ignite. We directly credit Ignite for this success.

PrincipalRoosevelt High School De Moines Iowa

Our Ignite Mentors have made a huge difference for our incoming freshman class. The mentors have helped transition our incoming 9th graders into our Panther family. First 3 years our freshman attendance and academics increased over 35%.

KurtPrincipal, Lufkin ISD, TX

I started to look at myself differently and started focusing on more than just my needs. I grew as a person for the first time really started caring for others.

Kelyn RoweExecutive Mentor Alumni, New England Revolution #11

Our programs support a remote or onsite setting

Ignite Compass

Help your staff get started

  • Assigned staff come together online or onsite
  • Personal Development
  • Climate VS. Culture understanding & how to establish baseline goals
  • Smart & Good Culture Overview
  • Steps to implement school climate improvements
  • Breakout sessions creating the kick off process that supports school programs

Ignite Spark

Spark-Teacher Friendly, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Lessons

  • Start with a school year subscription
  • ‘Get-Real’ topics empowering student voice
  • Bi-lingual 30 min Video Lessons
  • Teacher Discussion Guides
  • Resource Videos

Spark Family -Stay connected with Every Family

  • Provide family monthly subscription
  • 7-10 min easy video lessons
  • Family guide aligned with additional topics of discussion

Student Mentor Training System

Yearlong training system for 10-12th grade student mentors aligned with goals for 9th grade transition

  • Optional CTE course in Educational Leadership


  • Optional pullout training advisory mode
    • Staff overview and expectations
    • Mentor Contract
    • Reflections & Growth Assessments
    • Monthly Advisor Coaching
    • Spring Transitions


Training & Advisory Curriculum

Online training system
Leadership skill development
Academic Support for Incoming students
Recognition and Celebration System

Spark Advisory Topics led by student mentors:

  • Self-Image
  • Study Habits
  • Adapting to Others
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Stress & Coping Strategies
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Aim for Education
  • Get Ahead Stay Ahead

College Credit

Supporting students on their road to higher education

Ignite has partnered with Northwest Nazarene University to create a concurrent course in which Ignite mentors receive college credit in high school.

The leadership credit entails that all students will learn:

  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills 
  • Responsible Decision Making

Today is the new normal for your students and for your staff!

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