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Research about 1st generation college students
Please read this article to explore some current challenges first-generation college students may encounter and how the program model empowers students and mentors to face those hurdles.  Introduction Post-seco...
What Nobody Tells You About College
This article is meant to highlight what kind of anxieties and thoughts your mentee may be having around impending post-secondary enrollment. Use this article to build your understanding of what your mentee may be going through emotionally, and where...
Three Miles: This American Life Podcast
As a mentor, gaining insight into realities your mentee might be facing with identity and income inequality will increase the quality of support you can provide. Synopsis There’s a program that brings together kids from two scho...
Understanding Stereotype Threat
The article below introduces you to the concept of stereotype threat , and it's impact on college enrollment, persistence, and completion. Use the information in this article to build a better understanding of your mentee, no matter their backg...
Research around non-cognitive skills, our curriculum, and college success
What is some general research around non-cognitive skills? Research conducted by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research tells us that “in addition to content knowledge and academic skills, students must develop sets ...
Summer Melt
This article is meant to provide you an overview of the educational phenomenon, Summer Melt. Use the information below to understand how important it is to support your mentee before enrolling into their post-secondary pathway. Note: the infor...
What is it like to be poor at an Ivy League school?
High-achieving, low-income students, often the first in their families to attend college, struggle to feel they belong on elite campuses. The following is an excerpt form an "Boston Globe" article written by Brooke Lea Fost...
Starbucks, Yale, and the Misuse of 911 Against Black Americans
Several recent news stories are shedding light on the problem of how ordinary American citizens wield the state's power against each other. One of these stories began last April in Philadelphia when a Starbucks manager called 911 to report two b...