Friday, November 21, 2003

Hispanic Achievers mentoring program points over 200 Hispanic high school students toward college, careers

"The 2-year-old program, open to Hispanic teens in seventh to 12th grades, is sponsored by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. It's based out of the Harding Place Family YMCA."

"'When we started, our goal was to have about 35 Hispanic Achievers. Now, we have 206 enlisted kids. We have grown real fast.'"

"Students in the program meet at Belmont University two Saturdays a month."

"They divide into career clusters in which they are taught about professions ranging from business to medicine to law. Each cluster is led by a Hispanic professional in that field. Guest speakers also are brought in, and the kids go on field trips."

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