Boston College Reaches Out to Students and Teachers in the City's Public Schools

A comprehensive program to boost academic achievement combines mentors, social services, and hope

It is the last period of the day at Brighton High School, and the ninth-grade class is on edge. Today marks the culmination of a course in which students are expected to map out plans for their futures and consider any obstacles that could prevent them from achieving their goals.

The teacher, Walter Mitchell, tells the 19 students that they have an opportunity in this class to