Through the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Hamilton 12Up is a collaborative ‘seed’ project to develop an initiative to increase high school graduation rates. This project is a collaborative initiative with partnerships between the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Pathways to Education, the United Way Halton & Hamilton and many community partners. The IEC of Hamilton leads this initiative providing volunteer opportunities and mentorship to Hamilton high school students in need of their compulsory 40 hours of volunteerism. Community organizations in the not-for-profit sector will open their doors and provide mentorship to high school youth. This opportunity will support students and offers them the chance to give back to the community, provide an opportunity to develop new skills, build on existing experience and contribute to their graduation requirements.