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UAlbany-Albany High School Alliance Mentoring Programs Bolstered by Standish Family Fund

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 26, 2007) -- The UAlbany-Albany High School Alliance for Young Talent received a $15,000 grant from The Community Foundation for the Capital Region's Standish Family Fund to help develop alliance activities, including tutoring and mentoring programs for high school students.

"Through the alliance between UAlbany and Albany High School, we are able to help students reach their goals and dreams and at the same time, make a significant contribution to the Albany community," said James Anderson, UAlbany vice president for student success. "The University is both grateful and honored to have been awarded this grant. It suggests that the alliance is recognized as an important and valuable initiative."

The alliance was created in 2006 to strengthen the relationship between Albany High School and UAlbany. Faculty from both institutions work to put together programs and tutoring sessions to create an atmosphere that will help prepare high school students for college.

The Community Foundation for the Capital Region's Standish Family Fund was established in 2003 to strengthen the region that has been the family's home for generations. The Fund focuses on education and youth, two areas with the greatest potential to shape the future of the Capital Region.

The City School District of Albany serves almost 9,400 students in 19 elementary, middle and high schools. The district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students in addition to neighborhood schools. The district is more than halfway through its comprehensive facilities project to newly build and/or renovate nearly all of its elementary and middle schools. The ultimate goal of the facilities project is to provide schools with the resources necessary to help students succeed in the 21st century.

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