April 30, 2012
Boston University Department of Athletics hosted students from The Jackson Mann School on Friday, April 27th as part of BU's participation in the College for Every Student (CFES) program, a nonprofit organization committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance of underserved youth so that they can prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college.
The event, organized by BU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, involved students from the Jackson Mann School traveling to the BU campus to learn about the college admissions process. After, the Jackson Mann students headed to the BU dining hall to eat and further interact with BU student-athlete mentors.
On Saturday, April 28th, BU student-athletes traveled to the Jackson Mann School from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. and helped create murals for the walls of the auditorium and gyms of the school as well as clean-up of the surrounding area of the school.
"Our partnership with CFES is a real win-win for all involved and we highly value the relationship," said Mike Lynch, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics at Boston University. "The children involved in the CFES program get a unique "window to the world" through introduction to BU and our student-athletes. Our student-athletes gain insights into the challenges that today's urban youth face as they confront everyday living. This is a tremendous educational experience for all of us."
The CFES program is certainly seeing results. Since its founding in 1991, CFES has helped thousands of underserved students in 540 K-12 public schools nationwide take steps toward college. Over the last three years, 96 percent of CFES high school seniors - 2,500 young people, many of whom were previously destined to drop out of high school - have gone on to college.
For more information on College for Every Student go to: www.collegefes.org