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Step Up Mentorship Program Graduates First Class
Spring brings endings and new beginnings.  For nineteen students from across the Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) consortium, graduation happened early this year - thus ending their tenure in the Step Up Mentorship Program.
This group of young men were the inaugural group of students who participated in the first Step Up Mentorship Summer Summit, June of 2011.  The idea for an all male mentorship group was the brain child of Gale Cannon, Family Engagement Specialist at NWSISD.  She, along with a dedicated group of educators, created the Step Up Mentorship Program to support young men throughout their high school career.  The Step-Up Mentorship Program begins with a week long Summer Summit held at a metro college campus.  The Summer Summit is intended to prepare students for the increased rigor they will encounter in high school.  Participants are identified by their school district as potentially benefiting from additional academic and social support and guidance.  Students who participate in the Summer Summit receive additional guidance and are involved in mentorship activities throughout their high school careers.
On April 10, 2015, the first group of graduating Step Up students gathered for lunch at NWSISD along with their mentors, principals and superintendents.  The program included a video from across the years, testimonials and comments from Step Up Team leaders, student statements, and a recognition of graduates.  The prevailing theme among the students was how the Step Up program impacted their lives.
Students said that this program …
“…made me more responsible, comprehensive about my actions.”

“ …helped me to understand that school is not a game and to take it seriously.”

“ …understand the importance of short and long term goals.”
“…helped me be a better student and a better part of my community.”

“…guided me throughout my high school career.”

“…was a positive influence on me throughout high school.”

“… helped me stay on track and reminded me to always make good decisions.”

“… has impacted me to be a better man and a better leader.”

And for new beginnings?  After high school graduation, almost all the young men plan to continue their education at a post-secondary school of choice.  Congratulations Class of 2015!

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