Peer Mentoring At The University of Rochester

Peer Mentoring At The University of Rochester

October 15, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Rochester is the fifth poorest city in
the nation, Rochester City School District is the poorest urban district
in New York State we have to start from that truth and say how do we contribute
to forward progress to positive change many of our students are from lower
socioeconomic backgrounds and they are battling many different issues and so
really fostering this connectedness can touch so many lives we have programs
like leap which is learning and exploring at play which works with kids
ages kindergarten through third grade in the Rochester City Schools in a way
that’s fun and engaging and exploratory and then we have programs like TOUR, TOUR is transition opportunities at U of R what we’re specifically dealing with
here is the transition from high school into adulthood as it relates especially
to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One of the programs is the UofR BOLD program BOLD stands for building outstanding
leadership and distinction it grew out of the need to address the nine percent
high school graduation rate of males of color in the Rochester City School
District. Our mentors from the University of Rochester assisted high school
students to think about how they’re going to get from point A to point B how
they’re going to accomplish this goal that they have created we’re pushing
them to a higher level and getting all of them to consider college and showing
them that it’s doable encouraging them not to stop there but to keep reaching
forward one enrichment was a healthcare enrichment we wanted to expose the high
school students to careers in health care so the high school students got a
chance to interact with the panelists that we had and hear their stories
there’s a lot of power that comes in hearing an individual’s story especially
if it’s one that the students can relate to I can get to observe in
different areas of the hospital with different positions it’s like a
motivation like a reminder that you can do it like you just cannot give up
that’s pretty cool I get to see a college students all the time their
inventions what they do my biggest impact was from one college student and he’s told me about his story and like how he came from nothing and he’s like
by far the most helpful resource I have a hundred percent of the high school
students who have come through the partnership have completed high school
compared to the less than fifty percent high school graduation rate in the
Rochester City School District so we’re definitely bridging that gap and
seventy-eight percent of our students have entered college are some trade
school it shouldn’t be surprising because this campus is the perfect place
to have that kind of learning happen it should be expected it should be part of
our core mission is to welcome people and to be open to the possibility of
what a university can offer beyond what it already does. you improve many
different aspects of individuals lives just by improving their education and
this has not only affected the individual students but it has affected
the Rochester community.