Last week we joined our grantee Press Pass Mentors (PPM) for its annual scholarship celebration. PPM is an 18-month writing intensive and one-on-one mentoring program for high school juniors and seniors from Wards 7 and 8 who want to attend college but need a boost in their writing skills. Each student that completes the program receives a scholarship to attend college. (Read more about them in our previous blog profile.)
The scholarship celebration took place in the auditorium at The Washington Post. Each of the seven graduates – who are now heading to college or the military – were introduced by their mentor and then gave a speech about their growth during the program.
The speeches were hilarious, thoughtful, and touching as they recounted their experience in the program and the impact it had on them personally and on their writing ability. One student remarked, “I finally found my voice and I plan to use it to the fullest extent.”
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Congrats to @dcsocialinnov’s grantee @presspassmentor for graduating its second class and providing scholarships to college! http://wp.me/p1tFvv-db
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