Students from three of the poorest counties in the nation are being offered a chance to move down a path to college. “We’re very limited with resources,” said Terry Wilson, Service Coordinator for Berea College GEAR-UP Promise Neighborhood, which serves Clay, Jackson, and Owsley Counties in Kentucky.
“Our involvement with College For Every Student (CFES) has challenged us to think outside the box so that we can provide opportunities and connections for our students that will get them onto a path of college success.”
Being from a low-income rural area, Wilson knew resources were limited when he began developing his mentoring program. “I thought, if I can’t bring mentors face to face with my students on a daily basis, I’ll do the next best thing,” he said. That’s when Wilson proposed a pilot program for E-mentoring. “My primary goal for the mentoring program was to let our students know that other students outside of the area wanted to see them succeed.”