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Boston University athletes begin program to mentor Allston middle schoolers

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  November 1, 2012 04:10 PM

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BU students-athletes mentor children from the Jackson Mann School in Allston as part of a program run by the College for Every Student nonprofit.

Boston University student-athletes recently hosted more than 70 middle school students from the Jackson Mann K-8 School in Allston, the start of a semester-long mentoring initiative.

The event on Oct. 19th marked the fifth year that the grade school and the university’s athletics program have partnered for the mentorship program run by College for Every Student, a nonprofit organization committed to helping underserved youth to prepare academically so they can succeed in college, according to a press release from BU.

Organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at BU, the day involved sixth through eighth grade students from the Jackson Mann School traveling to university’s management school for a question and answer session hosted by assistant professor Jeffrey Allen, organizers said.

The college students then spoke to the younger cohort about some of what college life is like, officials said. That was followed by a campus tour and the students then ate together at an on-campus dining hall before setting up mentorship groups that will last throughout the semester.

"Once these kids start in the program they look forward to these meetings and visits and ask if they can become one of the group leaders," Anita Moore, assistant principal at the Jackson Mann School, said in a statement. "It really does help push them along and helps them with leadership skills."

Since its founding in 1991, College for Every Student has helped thousands of underserved students in grades K-12 who attend 540 public schools nationwide, according to the release. Over the last three years, 96 percent of the 2,500 high school seniors who came out of the program have gone on to college. Many of those students were previously destined to drop out of high school, officials said.

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