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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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