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The importance of positive role models cannot be emphasized enough. Seeing people from similar circumstances excel and help you make smart choices can be a powerful tool in improving your life. Mentorship, especially in marginalized communities, can help young people stay in school, avoid risky behavior and give them the tools to deal with the struggles they face.
Assefa, Betelhem; Blakeney, Eliah; Bulti, Selam; and Butler, Mercedes, "Everything 4 Youth" (2017). DC Health and Academic Prep Program (DC HAPP). 3.