BENEFITING: Let's Get Ready
EVENT DATE: Oct 21, 2016
Let's Get Ready's Scarsdale roots run deep. In the summer of 1998 by Jeannie Lang Rosenthal brought together a number of Scarsdale High School classmates in the basement of a Mount Vernon church. Believing that the knowledge and experience she had gained while applying to college could be of substantial value to low-income high school students who lacked access to the critical support resources she had, Jeannie and her friends started the first Let’s Get Ready program.
That summer in Westchester showed the tremendous power of “students helping students” get to college. Jeannie brought the program to her Harvard where she was an undergraduate, and to New York City upon her graduation in 2000. Since then Let’s Get Ready has served more than 28,000 low-income high school students with the mentoring power of 10,000 trained volunteer college Coaches. In partnerships with colleges, high schools and community organizations, programs stretch from Lewiston, Maine to Philadelphia.
There is still a strong Scarsdale presence:
- Summer Mount Vernon program this year
- # of Scarsdale Coaches/volunteers
- Quotes - Erica Peppers, Beth Kalisch, others