Friendly Aid Debuts New Program, Wellesley Connects, for Wellesley High School Students

Wellesley, MA - Wellesley Friendly Aid has launched Wellesley Connects, a new program that bridges the opportunity gap for first generation college-bound Wellesley High School (WHS) juniors and seniors in order to make college and post-secondary plans a success. The program, in collaboration with the WHS Guidance staff, is supported by The Fund for Wellesley. 

Wellesley Connects provides first generation college-bound students and their families with individual assistance with the college and post-secondary process. This program will be under the umbrella of Wellesley Friendly Aid, which works to meet the needs of Wellesley residents of all ages.

Wellesley Friendly Aid Board members Margot Lansing and Sharon Kiernan initiated the program in an effort to level the playing field for students who are the first in their family to apply to college in the United States.  Each student is invited to join Wellesley Connects in the fall of junior year and will work with a mentor through senior year. 

After consultation with WHS principal Jamie Chisum and Head of Guidance Steve Favulli the  program kicked off in January, with students and their families meeting their mentors over supper at the high school. Students and their mentors will actively participate in programming workshops about the Common Application, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and essaywriting. They will also visit Babson College and Mass Bay Community College. 

For more information on Wellesley Connects, visit or contact Margot Lansing or Sharon Kiernan at or call Wellesley Friendly Aid, 781-235-3960.