The primary component and the tie that binds the Students of Promise program is the “Linkage Coordinator” embedded at each school site. The Linkage Coordinator is a full-time staff person who facilitates the program and serves as a primary mentor, student advisor, life-coach, monitor, role model and advocate. These caring and skilled individuals establish meaningful relationships with students in efforts to ensure that the student’s academic, social and emotional needs are identified, targeted and met throughout the program continuum. The Linkage Coordinator works collaboratively with the building principal, teachers, student support teams and school personnel as well as parents, community leaders/organizations and stakeholders on behalf of the targeted population. The Linkage Coordinator also identifies ‘peer mentors’ or upper class students throughout the school that work closely with the Students of Promise program while helping them navigate through high school as well. The academic progress of the peer mentors are tracked as ‘non-targeted’ Students of Promise.