For many years, JFS of Metrowest has worked to empower first generation, low income students (most of whom are from minority populations) to climb out of poverty. JFS recognizes that any systemic attempts to break cycles of poverty must emphasize pathways to academic success and has actively sought partnerships with like-minded local educational institutions – from programming at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School intended to Reduce Achievement Gaps right through to initiatives with Framingham State University (FSU) and Mass Bay Community College (MBCC) – to create opportunities for students and their families to build a better future.
Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College are at the forefront of new approaches and through a grant from the Department of Higher Education recently launched a new keystone project – 100 Males to College – that uses a comprehensive support system to help disadvantaged students graduate from high school, get into college and earn a degree. Students will benefit from individualized needs-based services, as well as peer and mentor support as they meet regularly with ‘success coaches’ who will provide encouragement and practical guidance.
In a recent press release, Framingham State University President and JFS Board Member F. Javier Cevallos said “Every child deserves the same opportunity to attend and succeed in college. These students represent the future for their communities, which is why we are so excited to take part in this important initiative.”
JFS’s Chief Operating Officer Lino Covarrubias (pictured above) will lead the agency’s involvement in this extraordinary new initiative.
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