This month we launched our newest mentoring initiative in collaboration with Minneapolis Public Schools, funded by the GEAR UP grant. Currently we have 50 U of M college students serving across 11 middle schools in Minneapolis. The goal of this mentoring initiative is to promote college and career readiness while giving the youth a supportive college student role model and promoting a positive view of their person future. Afterschool mentoring is only one small piece of the GEAR UP grant which will follow this cohort of youth through high school.