I worked with young adults and adults at an ALC for 24 years, and during that time I found that the majority of those students who had either someone on staff at the ALC or a relative or friend as a mentor were more likely to finish their high school diploma or GED and move on to higher education.
I now work with young adults and adults at a technical college in a transition program, and I see the same thing. I see many of my former students from the ALC who are now in college classes, and I still see the same needs; someone they can turn to when they are unsure of "what to do next", or how to get enrolled in a class, or what to do if they don't understand the course work. I see many students drop out simply because they don't ask for help or don't know who to ask.
Many of the young adults in transition have minimal, if any, guidance at home. The need for mentors, guides, counselors, for young adults and adults in transition is very real, and many times this need is not being met.