New partnership offers new opportunities for mentors

Posted by JD Graffam on July 07, 2010

Volunteers serve as "coaches" for students during their college application and acceptance process.

The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation and MMP have forged a new relationship with the Memphis Prep Program, and the result will be an opportunity for one-on-one mentoring for 12th graders as they apply for admission and financial aid to colleges and universities.

Students in the Memphis PREP Program attend Memphis City Schools, have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and have attended summer academic enrichment programs.  Despite their high academic achievement, many of the students do not have the knowledge or support necessary to successfully complete the college application process.  Caring mentors can serve as that support system and coach students on the road toward higher education.

Memphis Prep is seeking volunteers who are college graduates, and all mentors will receive training on the college admissions and financial aid process from Meggan Kiel, Program College Counselor.  The Mentor Program Coordinator will also provide ongoing support and information.  After an initial training, mentors will participate in monthly conference calls outlining that month’s processes, meet twice a month with their student, contact student by phone on off weeks, and attend Memphis PREP group events with their students—three in the fall semester and two in the spring.

To learn more about this program, contact Meggan at meggan@memphisprepprogram.org or call (901) 278-0808.

Manassas HS Grads in thumbnail photo: Brianna Leverett went to Northfield Mount Hermon last summer and will be attending UT-Knoxville in the fall.  Antonio Smith attended Phillips Exeter Academy last summer and will be attending Brown University in the fall.

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