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True2U under way, still needs mentors

The True2U mentoring program for eighth-graders is under way but still needs mentors and will take applications through Wednesday, Oct. 4.


The program, which has been phased in over three years, is expanding this year to serve 66 CMSD schools and every eighth-grader in the District.

True2U emphasizes preparation for college and careers at a pivotal point in a child's education.


Mentors work in teams of two or three with about 12 students, meeting with them for three hours each month. The volunteers will receive training and follow a structured curriculum that helps the students think about career options and using high school as a pathway to the future.

CMSD allows students and families to choose schools that fit their needs and interests. Data has shown that eighth-graders in True2U schools are far more likely to consciously choose a high school, said Audrey Davis, program manager for the District.

Administrators and teachers have reported that True2U also has helped students develop career interests, Davis said.

True2U is a partnership between CMSD, the Cleveland Foundation, MyCom, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Neighborhood Leadership Institute and Northeast Ohio Faith-Based Collaborative Inc. 

In addition to meeting monthly with their mentors, the students get a chance to visit a college or university and a workplace such as the Cavaliers offices, Sherwin-Williams, NASA, the Federal Reserve Bank, KeyBank or Hyland Software. 

To obtain more information or become a mentor, contact Molly Feghali at