[News 6/13] Mentors help kids graduate


EDUCATION
In today’s Post (6/13), Courtland Milloy profiles Mentors Inc., a D.C. group working to increase graduation rates. Since 1987, Mentors Inc. has matched up nearly 4,000 students in grades 9-12 with mentors. Several Washington Grantmakers members fund the organization. Click here to learn about becoming a mentor.
 
[D.C.] “Fenty’s Picks Have Ties to System, And Its Reforms” (WaPo, 6/13) – The incoming schools deputy worked with new schools chancellor Michelle Rhee at the New Teacher Project.

FOSTER CARE
A question about foster children will remain in the American Community Survey (ACS), which replaces the long-form questionnaire in the 2010 census. “Foundations that use government data to assess programs and policies, such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation [WG member]” helped convince the bureau “to maintain the ‘foster child’ category in the ACS in 2008 and beyond.” (TheHill, 6/13)

ARTS
[D.C.] United for DC (WG Member), the nonprofit arm of soccer team D.C. United, will support a creative arts workshop for Ward 8 youth, ages 12-17 beginning June 19. (OurSports, 6/12)