Lanza Family Foundation Helps Fund Mentoring Programs

9/30/11

Thanks to the Lanza Family Foundation, 10 new elementary pupils will join the original ten youngsters in FSW’s highly successful and innovative mentoring program called “I Believe, I Achieve.” With an emphasis on parental involvement, this mentoring program stresses the need for younger students to maintain good grades, perform community service and read books outside of class. Funded by the Vera and Walter Scherr Foundation, the program pairs pupils from Scholastic Academy in Yonkers with students from Manhattanville and Mercy colleges. Other highlights of the program include twice a week after-school instruction in writing, field trips and workshops. The original youngsters were also lucky enough to receive individual laptops. “We are delighted to open up this exciting program to 10 more students,” notes Marsha Tom, Director of FSW’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program. “We really try to encourage these students to go to college and achieve at a high level, so it’s a great opportunity for more students to get that message.”  The Lanza Family Foundation also funds Yonkers Model for Success, a mentoring program for 72 at-risk youth.