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Penn students mentor Philadelphia high schoolers through student-founded organization (Daily Pennsylvanian)

Len Finkelstein

The mentors’ high level of commitment definitely pays off, according to Mateo. The projects started by the GYU high school students have already made a big impact.

A group of Central High School students worked with the issue of education through GYU. After 24 schools in Philadelphia shut down, the students “held a forum between administrators, students, teachers and parents to speak in an open, non-condemning way about the issues that were going on,” Mateo said.

They did not stop when the school year ended and continued promoting their message last summer by going to Harrisburg to lobby for education reform. Now, GYU is connecting the students with Penn’s Weigle Information Commons to make a documentary about education reform.

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