Support the mentors at South Bronx Community guide students through the uncharted waters of a global pandemic and lead them to a brighter future.
South Bronx Community ("SBC") graduated its first class in June. With the backdrop of a global pandemic, and in a community where only 66% of students graduate high school, SBC students persevered. 84% graduated on time and 96% of those students applied and were accepted to college. Through an uncertain time, our staff relationships with students were a critical component of this success.
The pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on the mental health and future prospects of our young people. A Harris poll of teens in May found the following:
SBC’s Rites of Passage program provides a support network to help our young people navigate these challenges. This mentorship program provides group support to students every week. The image above is from a group mentoring session where young women discussed how they grow stronger through overcoming obstacles.
Funding will provide opportunities for these groups to build relationships-
These opportunities will help students build the connections to help them navigate their future—and you can be a part of it. SBC alumni ambassadors come back to support SBC students and maintain their peer and mentor networks which support them as they continue their post-secondary journey.
As Gil Scott-Heron said, "Now, more than ever, All the family must be together." Please support this effort. Every contribution will make a huge impact on the lives of our South Bronx students!