Fairfield Daily Voice: SHU Students Conjure College Dreams For Bridgeport Kids

News Story: November 14, 2016

It’s always stressful switching schools, but seventh-grade isn’t exactly the ideal time to try it.

Just ask Natalie Lopez, who transferred to Bridgeport’s John Winthrop School in 2015. Even though she finds some classes a breeze, she freely admits she needed a little help and advice getting the lay of the land.

That’s why her teachers encouraged her to apply for the Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program (JZ-AMP).

Now she spends a few hours after school two days a week, studying and chatting with Linh Nguyen, a sophomore nursing student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield and a positive presence in the young girl’s life.

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