According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, 63 percent of all jobs will require some college education by 2018. Sadly, just 12 percent of students from the lowest income families earn a college degree. Programs like the one facilitated by superintendent Alan Johnson, program director Reginald Hickman and teachers at Woodlands Hills are exactly what these students need to reach their fullest potential in the classroom and in life.
In the coming months, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh will pilot a similar innovative strategy at Pittsburgh’s Brashear High School.
Based on the highly effective, curriculum-driven iMentor model developed in New York, this program will pair high school students in one-to-one mentoring relationships with college-educated volunteers. The goal is to promote higher educational aspirations, college readiness and important non-cognitive skills (e.g., perseverance and self-advocacy) to the students so they can become the first high school graduates, college students and degreed professionals in their families.
Readers who have a two-year or four-year college degree can become an integral part of this solution. As a volunteer mentor, they would be responsible for just one e-mail each week, as well as one in-person meeting a month with an assigned student. To apply and make a difference in the community, visit http://bbbspgh.imentorinteractive.org.
Jan S. Glick Chief Executive Officer Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh East Liberty
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