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Forum, February 2016

Working one‐on‐one for change As a public librarian in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia, I see how much one‐on‐one contact can impact children who might otherwise struggle (“Talk Less, Do More,” FJ Dec. 2015). Sometimes their parents are absent, sometimes overwhelmed, many times under‐educated. The support of a welcoming teen or adult who listens and tries to provide whatever assistance that child needs can turn a child around. Public schools with classes of 25 or 30 students cannot provide individualized instruction or mentoring, and many families are not well equipped🔒

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