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Just DO it!

I watched an interview of Eugene Lang, who founded the “I Have a Dream” Foundation in the 1980s.  At a school where 75% of kids were dropping out, 93% of Lang’s “Dreamers” graduated from high school, and of that group about two-thirds went on to continue their education in college.  When asked about the program’s success, Lang answered: “It’s not rocket science, really.”  The basic functions of the program – like tutoring and mentoring – were nothing new.   “The difference,” Lang concludes, “is that I did it.” 

Sometimes the problem of “at-risk” youth seems so overwhelming that paralyzes us into inaction.  It seems beyond our power to solve, so it’s easy to sit back and do nothing.  But when we step back and see that they’re just kids, we recognize that they just want what all kids want: to be safe, to feel valued, to be successful.   And all of us can help with that.  It’s not rocket science.

Posted by guest blogger, Erica Lloyd, Program Director, The "I Have a Dream" Foundation, (434) 245-2520

This blog is part of a Blog Marathon aimed to bring awareness to our community of the current needs for mentors and tutors.  Visit www.cvillevolunteer.org to learn about how YOU can make a difference in the life of a child.  Stop by the Omni on March 30 between 3:00-6:00 to meet representatives from all of the programs who are looking for more like you to be a mentor or a tutor. Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. See you there!

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