The College Perspectives Mentor Program may be new on paper but it is an idea that has been in the works for a long time. Combined, our team has had over 30 years of experience working in college guidance, admissions, and helping kids transition from high school to college. Many of the students we’ve worked with were lucky enough to have family members who attended college to show them the ropes and offer support, both emotional and financial. But even for these lucky ones, freshman year was often daunting. For first generation college students, however, the process is often even more of a struggle. Entering college can seem overwhelming, and small obstacles can add up, resulting in a student’s decision to leave school. We realized that simply offering these students advice, support, and friendship during this stressful time made a huge difference. Thus the idea for CP Mentors was born.
The College Perspectives Mentor Program is a spin off of College Perspectives LLC, a for-profit college counseling group in Philadelphia. After a move to Boston, we spent countless hours looking for the perfect school to launch our idea for a new non-profit. After meeting the students, faculty and staff at Cristo Rey Boston High School in Dorchester, we knew we had found what we were looking for. If you haven’t already looked at the CRB website, please do so. You will be as amazed as we were by the dedication and determination of everyone involved at this school.
Launching CP Mentors has been an exciting challenge, and could not have been accomplished without the help and support of an advisory group offering valuable insight on a wide range of issues, as well as serving as unofficial publicists and recruiters. The goals of CP Mentors are simple: to give deserving students the extra support and guidance they will need to reach their goal of obtaining a college degree. We have an incredibly talented and committed group of mentors ready who are currently working with the juniors and seniors at Cristo Rey Boston, and as a team we feel we are in a position to do something special.