The mission of Bellesini’s Alumni Support Program is to provide support services to alumni throughout high school and college in order to ensure that all alumni complete high school and go on to earn a four-year college degree. With the four-year high school graduation rate for male students in Lawrence at just 58% and only 10% of Lawrence adults age 25+ holding a four-year college degree, it is vitally important that we continue to support our graduates throughout high school and into college so that they will attain an education level that will ensure that they break out of the cycle of poverty.
Supporting Alumni By:
- Educating families about preparatory school expectations and systems, and providing advocacy and translation services for non-English speaking parents;
- Assisting students with course selection and tracking their academic progress;
- Connecting students to academic resources as well as extracurricular opportunities on their respective campuses;
- Coordinating logistics such as transportation to/from schools, access to books, supplies, and lunch cards;
- Developing individual strategies for academic success, including a four-year plan that puts them on-track for college;
- Providing tutoring and other academic support for alumni; and
- Preparing students and their families for the college application process, including providing access to college admissions test preparation, organizing college visits, and completing applications and financial aid forms.
With each graduating class, our number of alumni grows. The program serves more than 100 alumni in all grades of high school and college, running throughout the school year as well as the summer months. The annual cost to provide support services to an alumnus is $1,000.
Bellesini Academy taught me to seek new opportunities wherever they appear. Every day that I attend St. John’s Prep, I follow this motto and use it to help me grow into a better-rounded person. Bellesini is a key component of my high school life because they constantly support my work and encourage me to be more than just an average student.” Eric E., ‘11, St. John’s Prep ‘15