Louisiana Tech receives grant to enhance, advance mentoring program

Mar 27, 2009 | General News

Louisiana Tech has received a $30,000 grant from the University of Louisiana System (ULS) Board of Supervisors for “The Solution, Act II: A Mentoring Program”, which will utilize 50 of Tech’s Student Government Association students for the mentoring of 50 eighth grade students from four Lincoln Parish high schools.

The grant is part of $240,000 awarded by the ULS to its eight universities to establish or enhance mentoring programs. Funded by Learn and Serve America and the Louisiana Department of Education, these programs will link college students with at-risk youth to improve literacy, numeracy and interpersonal skills.

From Left: Dr. Daniel Reneau, SGA President Laura Hogan, Dr. Linda Griffin, UL System Board Chair Elsie, Deputy Superintendant Ollie Tyler, and UL System President Dr. Randy Moffett“Mentoring programs such as this exemplify our commitment to building a better future for our young people and our communities,” says Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau. “I am thankful for the support of Dr. Moffett and Superintendent Pastorek and the wonderful opportunities that have been afforded us.”

Tech’s The Solution, Act II: A Mentoring Program is focused on academic tutoring, social interactions, and field trips to assist high school students in acquiring greater levels of understanding of technology and communication skills, as well as the resources, information and opportunities available through the Department of Education, which will reinforce their ability to compete in the work force.

“There is a real need in our state for more hands-on learning and support,” said UL System President Randy Moffett. “With all eight of our universities strategically located throughout Louisiana, these sustainable mentoring programs are primed to have a tremendous impact – one college student and one at-risk student at a time.”

State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek also recognizes the importance of building strong mentoring programs.

“As the K-12 education community works to support our students and prepare them to successfully pursue their college and career goals, well-designed mentoring programs are vital to our efforts.”

Written by Dave Guerin