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‘Day 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 Grounds.

The catered gathering will be an opportunity to match U.Va. student mentors with students from Buford Middle School and ninth-graders from Charlottesville High School who started in the program last year.

M. Rick Turner, dean of the Office of African-American Affairs, will speak to the students about his own journey through higher education.

The 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 social events together, so the younger students can see college as fun and challenging as well as within their grasp.

“We want to provide them with exposure to U.Va. on a personal level,” said Danny Wilmer, an outreach officer with U.Va.’s Community Relations Office.

About 15 to 20 of the mentors and about 20 of the middle school students are returning for the second year of the program.

To help with its mission, The Day in the Life Program received a $5,000 grant from the Charlottesville-Albemarle Community Foundation, created in 1967 as a public foundation to encourage local agencies.

John 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.”

For information about the The Day in the Life Program, call Danny Wilmer at (434) 924-3939, Loren Intolubbe-Chmil or Marlene Lewis at (434) 924-6855, or log on to http://www.virginia.edu/communityrelations.

Contact: Matt Kelly, (434) 924-7291

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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