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Riepe College House's Mentors program brings Penn freshmen to tutor West Philadelphia elementary school students.

Mentors is a freshman residential program that has been in place for over a decade, pairing 25 Penn freshmen with West Philadelphia elementary school students. The students spend two hours a week with students in kindergarten through fourth grade, helping teachers and working with individual children.

“Some of the Powel students have lack of support at home or have trouble integrating into the school culture and may act out because they don’t have that leadership role in their life," said Chase Staub, a graduate assistant who helps oversee the program. "The Penn student mentors sometimes fill that role.”

Powel Elementary School is the current school where students are working but students have previously worked at other schools, including the recently closed Alexander Wilson Elementary school.

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