Much of course has been written about poverty, racism, etc. Nothing has worked very well in addressing these problems. Let me propose a very simple idea, mentoring of students.
I have been a mentor at various times in my life and found it a great experience. More important, the young person being mentored and their families seemed to appreciate it.
I am proposing a mentoring program that would address the needs of all the at risk students in the St. Louis metro area. Volunteers need to be sought and programs established. The cost if huge but on a per student basis, quite inexpensive. Furthermore data shows it works.
I am working on starting a program at one school. Anyone else interested?