Lawrence2College: A Mentoring Initiative

Document Type

Book Chapter - Merrimack Access Only


Omobolade O. Delano-Oriaran

Marguerite W. Penick-Parks

Suzanne Fondrie

Publication Title

Culturally Engaging Service-Learning with Diverse Communities


IGI Global

Publication Date


Abstract/ Summary

High school graduation and college access are critical vehicles for individuals’ social mobility and for community change. This chapter provides an overview of Lawrence2College, a culturally engaging service-learning partnership which was initiated in 2014 and focuses on these issues. Lawrence2College facilitates high school achievement and college awareness through a mentoring and support program which connects students from Lawrence High School, a public school in Lawrence, Massachusetts, with graduate and undergraduate students from Merrimack College, a private, Catholic college in neighboring North Andover. Lawrence is a city in Massachusetts with a strong Latinx presence, including recent immigrants. Poverty and low literacy are challenges faced by residents. This chapter explains the rationale and conceptual underpinnings of Lawrence2College and describes its evolution and approaches. The chapter concludes with insights and recommendations for practice and research.