Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mentoring program yields higher grades for Oak Park students

Journal of Oak Park and River Forest (July 6) Oak Park, IL:

"The academy began in the 2008-2009 school year at the middle schools, targeting mainly at-risk African American boys. Officially called the Brothers Leadership Academy for Young Men, the program involves adults, both men and women, mentoring and tutoring students. This year, freshmen at OPRF who participated as eighth-graders also returned as mentors.  Among the goals for the middle-schoolers is learning how to respect adults and peers, and how to develop their own leadership skills. About a dozen students participated this year. The program is voluntary and filled through staff and parent referrals.  Though attendance fluctuated this year, the students who remained enrolled throughout had better GPAs than those who left, according to data compiled by the program."
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