Inside the Boston Branch NAACP — behind red, white and blue flyers encouraging bystanders to vote — an eager group of mentors awaited students last Saturday. Organization members jumped excitedly each time the door’s buzzer sounded.
Launching the new Trailblazer Mentor Program was the occasion and helping high school students prepare for college was the goal.
“We identified that there are only about 17 percent of students of color that have a higher education degree in Boston,” said Emmanuelle Renelique, 25, Boston Branch NAACP Youth Works Committee chair. “We identified that as a priority because Boston has so many top colleges. We wanted to know why so many weren’t going.”
As part of the new program, mentors worked one-on-one to help build resumes, create and revise personal essays, offer career advice, aid in scholarship searches and more. Saturday would be the first time some students would get answers to their burning questions — both academic and social — about college.
“There are a lot of kids not ready for this process yet, and I think that’s what this program is good for,” said Marcus Curry, 17, of Mattapan. “Kids at my school should know about this program too so they can get help. I’m going to try to spread the word, tell them about it and get them here.”