Arvind is a junior majoring in finance with a specialization in alternative asset management at the Cox School of Business. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working with Apollo Tutors and the Budd Center: Involving Communities in Education at SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development to set up a process to connect volunteers with tutoring opportunities at schools in West Dallas.
One fact I’ve learned from my experience working with kids in economically disadvantaged areas of Dallas this past summer is how critical mentoring can be to the educational achievement of a child. Children are faced with instructors of various types – their teachers in school, their parents, their sports coaches, and the supervisors at the volunteer centers in which they spend their days. But oftentimes the guidance that an adult provides falls on deaf ears compared to the guidance offered by a mentor who is closer to their age. A mentor is a powerful role model for a young student because a mentor represents a physical embodiment of achievement and the results of positive habits. While an adult can offer [...]