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Danville, Ill. (WAND) – A mentorship program at Danville is working to invest in the next generation and help guide students.

The Ubuntu Mentoring Program is still new to the Danville community, but growing rapidly. What started as an after-school program has now made its way inside the school. This year saw the first breakfast program at North Ridge Middle School. Tierra Brown, principal of the school, said the program provides students with a safe place to eat their lunch and continue their learning.

“A lot of kids don’t feel like they have anyone around or to talk to. They feel like no one cares about their feelings,” Brown said. “So to have that space and take off their bag of books and drop their shoulders is powerful.”

Ubuntu expands learning for students. The program used the time to dive deeper into African American history and culture, as well as talk about current events and help students with homework. Brown said she has seen students grow both socially and academically.

“To see them become more social, answer questions and be confident and stand up and say what they think has been so amazing.”

Ubuntu also offers an after-school program at the Laura Lee Fellowship House.

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Steven L. Nielsen