The Silver Family Foundation has awarded a $25,452 grant to Willamette Academy to support its near-peer mentoring program, which continues to navigate programming through the pandemic, providing critical resources to help guide students on their path to post-secondary education.
The academy hires and trains Willamette University undergraduate students to serve as mentors, providing biweekly, one-on-one mentoring to middle and high school students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Academy mentors help their mentees succeed in high school, support their college application process and provide culturally relevant advice.
This is the second year in a row that the Silver Family Foundation is funding the mentor program. This support will ensure that academy students receive individualized academic and social support as they progress towards high school graduation and towards their goal of attending college.