Posted on August 11, 2015
To support the continued development of their College Success student-to-student mentoring program. The program pairs Sunset Park High School (SPHS) graduates who enroll in NYC colleges with peer mentors, young adults who are current and former CFL staff members or participants attending the same schools. Mentors serve as role models and build leadership skills, while earning stipends and maintaining connections to supports that help them to succeed in college as well. Together, they build peer support networks – on campus and in the neighborhood – that help the students navigate the transition to college. Building on lessons learned in the program’s pilot year, they plan to focus on five CUNY campuses, expand group-building activities for mentors and mentees, provide neighborhood-based academic supports, and improve program communications. By building the foundation for success of SPHS graduates in college through this mentorship effort, the Center continues its mission to serve their Sunset Park community by providing the support and stability necessary for the community’s youth to realize their full potential.