Mentor Program Aids At-risk Kids

[WASHINGTON POST]  MENTOR PROGRAM AIDS AT-RISK KIDS IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY SCHOOLS

Many children struggle in school due to behavioral and learning problems that often times worsen when not addressed.  Luckily, things have been looking up for a number of children in Prince George’s County schools that are involved in the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.  This program, which is available at G. James Gholson Middle School, Fairmont Heights High School, Suitland High School and Walker Mill Middle School, connects students with adult employees of Hillside that play the roles of mentors, tutors and friends.  The county adopted the program in 2008 and placed employees in schools with wide achievement gaps and high levels of poverty.

The Hillside program is also located in Syracuse, NY and Rochester, NY and has grown to include 171 Prince George’s County students.  There are hopes to grow that number to 300 by the end of next school year thanks to a $100,000 federal grant provided by with the help of Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Dist.4) of Fort Washington.

Gholson eighth-grader Daja Tyree came to the program two years ago with a poor attitude and no goals.  She has grown immensely due to her involvement in the program and she is now earning honor roll awards and participating in her school’s track team.  Her mentor, Desiree Ramseur, of Capitol Heights, said that “She used to come to me to vent all the time last year, but that hasn’t happened this year.  She is learning to deal with that anger.”

The program not only provides mentoring and tutoring opportunities to students, but also assists them in finding jobs or scholarships for college upon graduation.  To learn more about Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection read more in this Washington Post Article.



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