Home to one of the nation's most highly educated populations, Washington, DC’s high school graduation rates are staggeringly low. In 1987, a DCPS educator and parent of a high school student saw an elegantly simple way to address the problem: place at-risk students in one-on-one relationships with trained adults, help them develop their potential, encourage them to stay in school, and see that they graduate with a plan for the next step. Mentors, Inc complements its strategy with monthly enrichment programs on college preparation, community service, and career exploration. The results are striking: while only 60% of the city's seniors graduate from high school, at least 90% of Mentors, Inc protégés graduate, and at least 85% enroll in college. Now serving up to 150 students annually (including the children of incarcerated adults), Mentors, Inc is DC's only city-wide, one-on-one, open enrollment high school mentoring program. It has served over 4,000 students, provided over $600,000 in college scholarships – and forged lasting and deep relationships between youth and adults. New mentors, and resources, are most welcome.