Day in the Life Program
U.Va.’s Community Relations Office is committed to helping local youth experience the vitality of the top-ranked public university in their backyard. The office’s major youth-outreach effort is the Day in the Life (DITL) Program, through which U.Va. students tutor and mentor local youth.
The program has two components. In its primary component, U.Va. Students enrolled for credit in designated Curry School of Education classes serve as tutors and provide instruction to local youth in subjects covered by standardized testing. The help, provided individually and in small groups, is conducted at City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County schools, community sites and at the University.
In the mentoring component, U.Va. students are matched with local youth to experience “a day in the life.” Youth attend academic, cultural, athletic and social events with a U.Va. student on a regular basis. By establishing close relationships against the backdrop of U.Va.’s varied resources, University students help local youth set goals, increase self esteem and build confidence in their ability to pursue higher education.
Since the program’s inception, more than 15,000 local youth have benefited from mentoring and turtoring by U.Va. students.