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Mayor's Mentorship Achievement Program


Mapping the course toward postsecondary achievement

September 2021 - April 2022


MAP is a business mentoring program that connects leaders in the business world to students in our community.


The senior year is a turning point in a student’s journey. There are many key milestones that must be achieved to set them up for postsecondary success. MAP is just one way that the business community can help students in our community (and our future workforce) succeed! 



Students entering their senior year at a Tyler ISD high school will be invited to participate. Generally, students facing academic or socioeconomic challenges are the target of this program. Mentors are selected from Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Education Council and Partnership 4 Education members along with City of Tyler employees.


Mentors and mentees will meet once a month on a designated high school campus. The training will focus on key milestones for senior success. There will be opportunities for one-on-one meetings between the mentor and mentee to discuss how the high school senior can achieve each milestone.



The program will begin in September. Mentors will attend a training session prior to the start of the program to prepare them for the mentoring role.

Key Milestones

Learning Objectives

  • Complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid)

  • Complete applicable college entrance test (i.e. ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, TSI, STAAR EOC, etc.).

  • Complete applicable admissions application (i.e. ApplyTexas, Common Application).

  • Follow up and submit supporting documents to institutions of higher education (i.e. letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.).

  • Prepare for the next step! Make institutional visits, see an advisor, attend orientation, pay deposits, arrange for housing and/or transportation., etc.

  • Attend a college or university!


By 2025, 70% of Smith County high school graduates will enroll in a postsecondary program within six months of graduation.

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