UNCG Guarantee scholar and nutrition major Raven Tuffin mentors African-American boys in local schools

Through the Communities in Schools program, UNCG Guarantee scholar and nutrition major Raven Tuffin mentors African-American boys in local schools to promote a college-going culture.


In partnership with Communities in Schools of Greater Greensboro, UNCG Guarantee scholars participated in after-school programming for the African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) program at Wiley Elementary. With the goal of cultivating a college-going culture, this collaboration serves as a tool for career exploration. UNCG Guarantee scholars shared testimonials and led activities that provoked the students to think about the role of post-secondary education in advancing their futures as well as their potential to succeed in a higher education environment. Over the past two semesters, the UNCG Guarantee scholars have changed the students' perspective and helped them create a vision of educational success.

H. Rashard Jones, project director of the African-American Male Mentoring Program, says, “The Guarantee scholars' empathy, passion, professionalism and accountability is unrivaled by any organization that I have witnessed volunteering with children — collegiate or corporate. I was blown away by their confidence, leadership, punctuality, ability to delegate, and most of all, how equipped they were to give oral presentations. I truly believe that these are our future leaders, and it's amazing how UNCG has been able to capture so many of them in one space.”

Wiley Elementary is the UNCG Guarantee's third partner site with Communities in Schools of Greater Greensboro. Similar programs were conducted with students at Dudley High School and Jackson Middle School. In April, UNCG Guarantee Coordinator Tyshea Lewis, the very first student to graduate from the UNCG Guarantee program, was selected to receive the highest honor Communities in Schools confers on an individual or organization — the CIS Champion's Cup.


The first full graduating class of UNCG Guarantee scholars earned their degrees this May with a graduation rate 35 percent higher than that of all other new freshman who also started at UNCG in 2010. One-third of the UNCG Guarantee graduates have been involved with the Lloyd International Honors College during their academic careers.


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Guarantee scholar Juan Collazo, a biology major, was recently named to Duke University's Summer Undergraduate Research in Pharmacology and Cancer Biology fellowship program. Collazo will work on an independent research project related to the development of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly in the Western world. Because of the research he has conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Olav Rueppell, Collazo has decided to pursue his MD/PhD in pharmacology and cancer biology after he graduates from UNCG in 2015.