For many at-risk children in the Philadelphia area, a mentor can play a huge role, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania are doing their part to help.
Brett and Clint Matter, “gave back to a sport and city that gave them so much.” Donating mats and uniforms, they began a non-profit organization, Beat the Streets, combining wrestling with tutoring and mentoring. Today there are more than 900 kids participating in the program.
Some prominent universities – MIT, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, among them — recruited faculty volunteers for six-weeks of mentoring students online.
Money problems, trouble with academics and lack of direction are among reasons for low college retention rates. There are widespread initiatives to address the problem.