Facilitating Long-term Improvements in Graduation and Higher Education for Tomorrow (FLIGHT)

Program basics

  • Seeks to keep students on track to graduate from high school and help them apply to and enroll in college
  • Targets at-risk or disadvantaged middle school and high school students
  • Provides individualized case management, mentoring and support services
  • Students meet with a trained volunteer mentor for a minimum of fifteen 30-minute sessions per year, focusing on personal growth and development, academics and career planning
  • Two-year scholarship to college or vocational training

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)


Strong (second-highest tier)

Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse

Target population

High school-aged children

Program cost

Not available

Implementation locations

  • Nationwide

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Increased college enrollment

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Sharing and disseminating eligibility requirements to qualifying students and families early in the school year can improve recruitment and participation.
  • Partnerships between FLIGHT and community organizations can help recruit volunteer mentors for the program.
  • Programs should target students in schools with higher student-to-guidance-counselor ratios, as these students tend to benefit most from program services. Partnerships with school districts can help program staff target these schools.

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