Foundations Inc., a nonprofit educational organization in Moorestown, New Jersey, has announced a three-year, $2 million grant from the Lenfest Foundation to establish a mentoring program to reduce the dropout rate among teens in northwest Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Northwest University Scholars Project is open to the two hundred and fifty students from West Oak Lane Charter School, Kinsey and Pastorius elementary schools, and Martin Luther King High School who will enter the seventh, eighth, or ninth grade in the fall of 2008. According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University, nearly one-third of Philadelphia's dropouts leave school when they are ninth-graders or younger.
Students will be matched with mentors from the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, Community College of Philadelphia, and Arcadia, Philadelphia, and La Salle universities. The grant will also provide support for afterschool and summer programs.