UVa Students Organize Mentoring Program at Walton Middle School

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

April 14, 2006

Several UVa students are developing a new mentorship program for students at Walton Middle School. It's called Project Youth Uplift .

The idea is to teach leadership skills through one-on-one mentoring.
The program mostly targets at-risk seventh graders.

Organizer Jessica Cofield says middle schoolers are often overlooked, but those years can be some of the toughest.

"I'm involved with it because I personally didn't have a mentor, so I would like to give that back to someone else," said Cofield.

The programs organizers hope to enroll at least 15 students by the Fall.

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