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Grant to fund Say Yes Buffalo mentoring program

Compeer of Greater Buffalo, through a collaboration with Say Yes Buffalo, received a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to conduct a unique mentoring program with low-income high school seniors currently enrolled in a Buffalo public or charter school.

“Our team will utilize these grant funds to match 50 students with volunteer, working professional mentors,” Timothy Boling, executive director of Compeer, said in a news release. “Many of these identified students could be the first members of their families to attend college and now, because of the generous support of the Community Foundation, we will now be able to ensure they are equipped with the tools to apply to colleges, apply for financial aid, select a college to attend and prepare for the transition from high school to college.”

The program looks to recruit working professionals to become volunteer mentors to students. Staff from Compeer, a regional counseling agency, and Say Yes, an educational support agency, will recruit, properly vet and train volunteers. Mentors and students will be required to make a minimum 18-month time commitment.

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