KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Students at Central Middle School will be getting some special help this fall from a nationally recognized tutoring and mentoring program that is coming to Kansas City.
16 recent college graduates are coming to spend a year in the city working as tutors and mentors as part of the City Year Program, which is an offshoot of the Americorps Public Service Organization.
Eight of the young people, who are between 17 and 24 years old, will work at Central Middle School. Eight others will be at the Kauffman Charter School. They will build relationships with troubled kids and help support teachers in the classroom.
These kids are committed to making a difference because they will only earn $12,500 while they are here.
"It's the year after they graduate from college," said Steven Green, Kansas City Public School superintendent. "They devote a year to the city, and they are targeting the urban core where the challenge is the toughest and they want to work with students that may have some challenges, may be struggling, and their goal is to get them back on track."
Green says if tutors and mentors can help students get back on track by the 9th or 10th grade, research shows the chances of them going on to college increase dramatically.
The Kauffman Foundation helped rally partners in the community to commit between $3 million and $4 million to bring City Year to Kansas City for four years.