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Students at the Lanza TSTT Institute at North High School in Worcester, MA participated in their first Annual Recognition Breakfast at the College of the Holy Cross on May 16, 2013.


There was a historical context given about the role of mentoring in education through the perspective of keynote speaker Eddie Jenkins who is currently the Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Mr. Eddie Jenkins graduated from Holy Cross in’72. He is one of five black college students from the College of Holy Cross profiled in Bloomberg Business editor, Diane Brady’s new book, “Fraternity,” which chronicles their lives at Holy Cross in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The book highlights how the mentorship of Rev. John Brooks, S.J., ’49, who later served as President of College of the Holy Cross, helped them persevere in their undergraduate careers, and beyond.

“There comes a time in everyone’s life, when you have the opportunity to make a stand in the service of society” said Jenkins who made such a stand in 1968 when he joined a group of black students to attend Holy Cross. They were not the first African-Americans on the Hill, but as a group, they began breaking down the racial barriers that had separated white students from the  handful of black students on campus.“You have to recognize that it’s your moment,” Jenkins says, “Martin Luther King did his part. Students put themselves on the line at Jackson State. It was our chance to stand up for what was right.”


Region:  Boston, Greater Boston, & Worcester, MA



Program Staff:

Melissa Cera-Garcia, Regional Program Manager, Boston

Vanessa Acheampong, Regional Program Manager, Worcester 

Chantal Gomes, Regional Program Coordinator

Participating Schools:

Andover High School
Arlington High School
Boston Public
Boston Community Leadership Academy
Boston Public
East Boston High School
Boston Public
New Mission High School
Boston Public
TechBoston Academy
Brookline High School
Cambridge High School
Lexington High School
North High School


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Click here to view the video of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Lanza TSTT Institute at North High School in Worcester, MA.


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Program Progress

We serve over 800 students in 40 high school districts and 21 partnering colleges & universities. Operating in four states: New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia, there are 150 TSTT college graduates who have completed the eight year curriculum and are currently teaching in 9 states.