Thursday, September 11, 2003

Nancy Bride, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative


Mentors ease the teen years

By Maggie Downs
The Cincinnati Enquirer

At 32, Nancy Bride of Oakley is a busy attorney with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC. Yet, she manages to devote much of her free time to 13-year-old Antowanna Canady through the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative mentoring program.

Adults are matched with students to provide academic, social and emotional support. Bride meets with Antowanna two to four times a month at Aiken High School and after school to work on math and reading.

"We're very close friends, but I think I'm more of a role model for her in terms of someone who wants to make sure she does well in school," Bride said. "So I introduce her to other professionals and discuss education."

The two have been paired since last fall.

But Bride is more than a tutor. They chat on the phone about school, family, friends. She gets academic reports from the teachers. Outings include bookstores, the library, shopping.

"It means a lot to me to watch her grow and develop," Bride said.

E-mail mdowns@enquirer.com




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