Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mentoring program connects students with City Hall

The City of Philadelphia has partnered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania to connect 25 City Hall employees with students from various public schools around town for constructive mentoring.

Mentoring program connects students with City Hall

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Teacher Terry Saskin (left) was the 6th grade teacher of Maurice Allen at Luis Munoz Marin Elementary in Philadelphia. Maurice went on to college and now both work as teacher at Birney Preparatory Academy at N. 9th St. and Lindley St. in Philadelphia. Photograph from Tuedsay, May 28, 2013. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )
Teacher Terry Saskin (left) was the 6th grade teacher of Maurice Allen at Luis Munoz Marin Elementary in Philadelphia. Maurice went on to college and now both work as teacher at Birney Preparatory Academy at N. 9th St. and Lindley St. in Philadelphia. Photograph from Tuedsay, May 28, 2013. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

The City of Philadelphia has partnered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania to connect 25 City Hall employees with students from various public schools around town for constructive mentoring.

As part of Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ “Beyond School Walls” mentoring program, City Hall employees meet with students every other week during the work and school day to open their eyes to the future career possibilities that await them.

Yesterday, students from Delaplaine McDaniel Elementary School in South Philadelphia came to City Hall to meet with members of City Council and the administration.

“No matter where you are, when you’re in a position of power, you know the power of mentoring,” said Marcus Allen, CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

“Today shows just how far-reaching mentoring can be. This program will create linkages early in these people’s lives by showing them what opportunities are available to them, and how the things they are learning in school can apply to the real world. This experience will be a strong building block for their future success.”

McDaniel's is one of 31 schools in the city with which BBBS is currently partnered.

 

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