MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Teens mentoring teens is all part of an alternative spring break. Instead of hitting the beach for spring break, college students from Howard University are in the Bluff City this week talking to high school students.
50 Howard University students are in Memphis for the first time to mentor 100 students from Northside High School. The goal is to inspire every student to go to college.
Howard University student Ayanna McFarland ditched "fun in the sun" for her spring break to mentor at Northside. This hits home for McFarland; born and raised a Memphian, she hopes to inspire them.
"I realized that a lot of children do not have that, for somebody to say to them, ‘You can do whatever you want in life,’ so I wanted to make sure our kids in Memphis got that experience from loving individuals, young loving individuals,” said McFarland.
So far, it's working.
"I plan on going to University of Arkansas and major in criminology and pre-law,” said Northside 12th grader, Rashad Goodman. “I'll be the first one in my family to go to college."
Howard University students will mentor MCS students all week.
"I want to learn better tips at taking the ACT,” said another Northside student, Amber Mitchell. “It’s kind of nerve-wrecking, taking that test."
Howard college students also plan to work with Planned Parenthood and second graders at Cornerstone Prep. Memphis Urban League Young Professionals helped coordinate the alternative spring break.
"We want to teach, enrich, and also mentor them to prepare for their future,” said Youth Coordinator, Erick Henneghan, from the Memphis Urban League of Young Professionals.
“To give selflessnessly is definitely a life worth living,” said McFarland.