I started teaching high school in inner-inner city Philadelphia right out of college; That was 9 years ago, Since then, 8 of my African-American male students have been murdered, and many more have been incarcerated. While some do graduate and reach success, that number is far too few as compared to those who do not. The mentoring program I started is helping change these statistics. While the program is still in its inception stages, it has already started making an impact. The biggest quantifiable impact is that 11 out of 12 of the African-American male students who participated in the program brought up their GPA’s after the mentoring program started. But what is even bigger than that, to me at least, is that now, the students who thought that basketball and rapping were their way out, are now discussing college! Not only discussing, but demonstrating actions that will lead to college. We are changing a mindset at the program. Any donation will be used to continue the goal of helping motivate inner-city adolescent males of color finish high school and succeed in college.
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