Mentors & Change Makers: Meet Some of the People Working to Bring Opportunity to Kids

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE RHODE ISLAND MENTORING PARTNERSHIP

In many cases, simply by being present mentors are helping bridge the opportunity gap, according to the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership, which trains mentors like Carlos Zambrano — with mentee Brendan — in what it takes to be a quality mentor. Training topics range from communication and child development to cultural competency and goal setting.

As the gap between the nation’s poorest and wealthiest citizens has grown during the past four decades, so has the gulf in opportunities. Middle-class parents are happy to pay for SAT tutors, drive the neighborhood team to soccer practice, read to the kids before bedtime and send them to camp each summer . . .

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