New Class of WHS Juniors Join Wellesley Connects
Wellesley Connects, an all volunteer, mentoring program for first generation, college-bound Wellesley High School students has enrolled a new class of juniors. These students and their families met their mentors in January and have started working together on the students' college and post-secondary plans. These 13 members of the class of 2019 join last year's group of 11 mentees who are now seniors.
The schedule for the juniors this spring include a SAT/ACT strategy workshop, a tour of Babson College and a financial aid workshop. This year's seniors have already participated in a college essay bootcamp and a presentation on the Common App and essay writing in preparation for submitting their applications. Two of these seniors have already been accepted early decision or early action.
Wellesley Connects, in collaboration with the WHS Guidance staff, is under the umbrella of Wellesley Friendly Aid. 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. It is supported through a generous grant from the Fund for Wellesley, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest.