In The Life’ Mentoring Program Marks Second Year Of Encouraging
Local Youth To Consider College
September 26, 2003 --
The Day in the Life Program sponsored by the University
of Virginia will start its second year Sept. 29 with a picnic from
5 to 7 p.m. at the Park on North
catered gathering will be an opportunity to match U.Va. student
mentors with students from Buford Middle School and ninth-graders
School who started in the program last year.
Rick Turner, dean of the Office of African-American Affairs,
will speak to the students about
his own journey through higher education.
program, which has expanded to include more than 50 mentors
this year, is
designed to guide promising young
students with untapped potential to consider
higher education and to get them on the path toward college at an early
age. The pairs study, attend University classes and go to
athletic, cultural and
events together, so the younger students can see college as fun and challenging
as well as within their grasp.
want to provide them with exposure to U.Va. on a personal
Danny Wilmer, an outreach officer with U.Va.’s Community Relations
15 to 20 of the mentors and about 20 of the middle school
students are returning for the second year of the program.
help with its mission, The Day in the Life Program received
grant from the Charlottesville-Albemarle Community Foundation, created
as a public foundation to encourage local agencies.
R. Redick, president of the foundation, said the grant is
intended to “provide
support and encouragement to do more of these outreach programs.
The University has a major and positive impact on the community,
but it is in projects where
it reaches out to youth that it shows a broader mission. This grant
is a hand across the water to thank and encourage the University.”
information about the The Day in the Life Program, call
Danny Wilmer at (434) 924-3939, Loren Intolubbe-Chmil
or Marlene Lewis
Matt Kelly, (434) 924-7291