The Paul Schreurs Memorial Program is an initiative that works with youth who have significant barriers to academic success yet show an interest in overcoming these barriers and wish to thrive in their academic lives. Ninety three percent of the youth served through the program are considered African American or mixed race (87%) or Latino (6%). This provides us with a unique opportunity to address many of the issues that face these communities of color and inspire youth to work together to overcome negative expectations and obvious academic stigmas. With the extra support and motivation of our program we have graduated 93% of our students over the last decade. When it comes to our program we make good on the statement, “No child left behind”.
Over the years we've offered summer academies, tours of colleges, trips, homework clubs, tutoring, enrichment activities. One important component has been the community service which allows the participants see that they have something to offer the community. It also helps them see different perspectives and understand the experience of others in their local community.
Since the beginning of this program, we have had a strong relationship with the local colleges. Cornell University and Ithaca College have provided us with many tutors over the years. Often the college students have told us about what a difference this experience made in their lives. One of our many tutors from Cornell University, Svante Myrick got connected to PSMP through a friend. After tutoring while in college, Svante moved on to participate actively in local government. He spent 4 years on Common Councilor and is now in his second term as Mayor of the City of Ithaca.