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In 2011, Andrew Heinrich founded the non-profit Project Rousseau, while an undergraduate student at Columbia University. The idea was –and still is- to provide underprivileged high school students with the opportunity of a college education.
Since then, 100% of Project Rousseau students have faced chronic hunger, food insecurity or housing instability, 18% of them have had involvement with the justice system and 20% have experienced homelessness.
To help them, Project Rousseau offers far more than academic preparation. Students are matched one-to-one to a mentor who are college student volunteers. Because academic problems rarely have only academic causes, Project Rousseau takes a holistic approach. It delivers not only mentoring but also community service programs, international cultural exchanges and of course, academic support.
And it works! In the past 5 years, Project Rousseau students achieved 26 Ivy league acceptances received 99 acceptances to top-25 colleges.
Mentorship is at the core of Project Rousseau: What makes a good mentor?
That’s the question of the week.