South Side program to prepare at-risk boys for success

Columbus Dispatch

A group of young, black South Side students will have more opportunities to succeed in school and in life under a program the Franklin County commissioners approved yesterday.

The commissioners agreed to spend $320,000 to underwrite the initiative. It is federal money earmarked to help poor families. The program is led by the nonprofit group Community Development for All People and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University.

Titled “More Than My Brother’s Keeper,” the program will identify 35 at-risk African-American boys, ages 10 to 14, and provide them with nearly around-the-clock guidance, tutoring, mentorship and hands-on skills training. The 18-month program will kick off in mid-September and will include after-school programming throughout the year in addition to weekend training events and monthly trips to OSU’s main campus.

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The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.