Published on Brock University (http://brocku.ca)
In a region where just 18 per cent of the population has achieved university as their highest level of education - compared to a national average of 26 per cent - Brock University’s Youth University is working with community partners to help boost these numbers in Niagara.
The group’s research-based Neighbourhood Access Initiative is designed to support community development and grow the number of youth who go on to attend university or college.
This winter, Youth University student volunteers from Brock will mentor youths from Grades 6 to 10 at Fort Erie’s Peace Bridge Public School and Fort Erie Secondary School. The mentoring occurs in conjunction with a program designed to raise awareness about post-secondary education (PSE) options, support readiness and assist with financial literacy.
The initiative is supported by a $3,500 grant from the United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie. The funds will be used to supply food for youth involved in the program as well as weekly transportation to the schools for the Brock student mentors. Return transportation for the Fort Erie participants will be provided by local company Dunn The Mover.