• True2U

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    What is True2U?

    True2U is a volunteer mentoring program that helps Cleveland Metropolitan School District eighth graders explore their true selves and prepare to make the most of high school as the first step on the path to college and career readiness.

    CMSD has implemented PACE (Planning and Career Exploration), a 6-12+ grade planning and career exploration program designed to link students to living wage careers after graduation.  PACE will provide a variety of quality in-school and out-of-school lessons and experiences that facilitate exploration. As a result, all students in CMSD will graduate with a career pathway plan that is intentionally designed through planning and active decision-making.  Going forward, True2U programming will fall under the umbrella of PACE.

    How does it work?

    Volunteer mentors meet with groups of 8th  grade students (from all 62, K-8 buildings and the Cleveland Metropolitan Remote School) once a month, during the school day, for about two hours.  Using interactive discussion-based activities, mentors and students work together to help students:

    • Find their strengths
    • Explore their interests and career pathways.
    • Check out their high school options from 30+ in the CMSD portfolio.
    • Reflect on and embrace their core values.
    • Build a personal brand based on their values and 
    • Accept and celebrate who they are...



       Download the True2U Flier to see the Year 6 in Review.


  • For the 2023-2024 True2U Program Year

    • All sessions are whole class for two hours and facilitated by 2-3 True2U Mentors.
    • Sessions start at 8:30am for early start schools and 9:45am for late start schools.  
    • There will be True2U Weeks vs. Days. Sessions will take place on each school’s selected day during these weeks.
      • School selected session days with times will remain consistent for each month’s True2U week.
      • See program calendar for each month's designated True2U week

High School Choice

  • High School Choice Portal
  • High School Choice Book
  • Criteria School Application


  • PACE
  • PATHWAY os
  • 2023-24 Activity Calendar
  • Say Yes Scholarship Guidebook
  • Ohio Colleges & Universities
  • Explore College Majors
  • Career Pathways
  • Contact Information

    Kristen Tellaisha, True2U Program Coordinator
    Email | 216-838-0287



    True2U is presented in partnership by:

    The Cleveland Foundation      Neighborhood Leadership Institute      Pace
    Greater Cleveland Partnership  Greater Cleveland Faith Based Collaborative  Cleveland Metro School District