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Week: 579.5

Guest: Andrea Taylor, Across Ages program, Philadelphia

Topic: Drug mentor program results

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Kids & Elderly, a good match...coming up...

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NEMA: A mentoring program in Philadelphia matches at risk middle school kids with older adults...aiming to help the kids avoid trouble and temptation. Andrea Taylor, who runs Across Ages, says the older folks have a lot of wisdom...

TAYLOR: The mentors offer a picture of somebody who has survived a lot, and they're still around, and here they are doing things with young people. and that model can have a tremendous impact on a child, probably almost more than anything you could say.

 NEMA: And the results...?

TAYLOR: Some of the ways in which the kids have shown improvement have to do with their attitude towards adults, their connection with school, their self-esteem, their capacity as problem solvers. One of the interesting things, which I think is particularly noteworthy for educators, is that their attendance improves dramatically.

NEMA: The program is funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, for more info...call Andrea Taylor. 215-204-6708. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter. 

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