Jerri Shepard

Pairing youth at risk for academic failure with college students as mentors results in
improved attendance and school performance for youth as well as a deeper understanding of poverty and social injustice and an increased sense of responsibility and commitment to action for college mentors.

Heart to Heart Art is an after-school program developed for homeless children and youth at the YWCA in Spokane, Washington. Pre-service teacher candidates from a local university create meaningful activities that engage homeless students in visual art, music, drama, cooking, and community service.