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High School Students, VCU Mentors Gather for Teambuilding

Approximately 110 high school sophomores and juniors and 65 VCU college student mentors participated in teambuilding activities in January as part of VCU's Health Sciences Academy (HSA). HSA is a VCU Pipeline Program that offers a health careers exploration course to high school students and pairs the students with VCU college mentors to help build skills necessary to be successful in college.

Mary and Frances Youth Center Director Tina Carter and MFYC Assistant Director Rachel Rhoney led the activities at all three of the program's partnering schools - Cosby, Richmond Community and John Marshall High Schools. The teambuilding activities included mentors and mentees leading each other through an obstacle course blindfolded and building towers while manipulating a rubber band building tool to stack plastic cups.

"The team building activities are essential for starting our mentor/mentee relationships by building trust and team work so the mentors can play a significant role in the mentee's career exploration and college preparation process," said Seth Leibowitz, who launched the HSA program in 2008.

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