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Urban Future

Since 1998 Urban Future has paired hundreds of middle-school students in St. Louis with volunteer mentors trained to assist them in character growth, academic achievement and career preparation. In one year alone Urban Future mentors helped raise sixth-graders' literacy scores 38 percent, moving from a second-grade reading level to a fifth-grade level. Urban Future is looking to double its impact this year and recruit 200 mentors who'll work alongside teachers and parents in the hopes of achieving the near impossible: creating a nurturing learning environment in the topsy-turvy world of the St. Louis Public Schools.

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