The Achievement Advocate Online Mentoring Community was founded in 2000 by Student Achievement and Advocacy Services, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping students maximize their potential. The Achievement Advocate program is staffed by educators experienced in distance learning and curriculum
development. The program is built on the belief that barriers to student success are often more than financial. Help us break patterns of failure for children who simply need extra support and encouragement to succeed!
Each student enrolled in the program is assigned an on-line adult mentor.
This personal coach joins with parents and teachers to create a team
dedicated to building the life skills each student needs to set goals and
achieve their dreams.
Beginning in 2010 Achievement Advocate refocused on Financial Literacy which encompasses the general life skills.
- Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Director of The Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont Graduate University, and author of Flow and Creativity;
- Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry;
- Professor Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and author of Multiple Intelligences;
- Dr. Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel Prize in Physics and author of The Quark and the Jaguar;
- Dr. Jerome Kagan, Professory of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Three Seductive Ideas.
- Dr. Nathan P. Myhrvold, President, Intellectual Ventures; and Former Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft;
- Dr. Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, MIT and author of How the Mind Works.
- Dr. Jean Rhodes, Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston and author of Stand by Me: The Risks and Rewards of Mentoring Today's Youth.
- Dr. Dean K. Simonton, Professor of Psychology, UC Davis, and author of Origins of Genius;
- Dr. Frank J. Sulloway, Psychologist and Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley, author of Born to Rebel.
Volunteer Advocates act as on-line mentors for students as early as the
4th-6th grades who show promise. Advocates act as coaches, role models, and encouraging rally squads
for their students. They provide the extra guidance and support that will help students begin to see
themselves as successful students with a promising future. Advocates make a significant difference to
these unique students and encourage them to develop their talents and skills to make a positive difference
in their own communities. Volunteers join together with educators and parents to create a team dedicated to
a child’s success. Research has shown that frequent and long-term interaction on-line with a caring,
supportive mentor can translate into an increased sense of self worth and academic gains,
for students of any age!!!