Outstanding community partners

Sid Hastings

Christine Diepenbrock (left), president of Washington University’s Latino Youth Tutoring/Mentoring Programs and a rising junior in biology in Arts & Sciences, and Rachel Mandelbaum, a tutor in the programs and a rising senior in anthropology in Arts & Sciences, attended the St. Louis Public Schools Community Education Council’s 43rd Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony May 6 at Vashon High School. Diepenbrock accepted on behalf of the Latino Youth Tutoring/Mentoring Programs the St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) Award for Outstanding Community Partners 2011. Virginia Braxs, senior Spanish lecturer in WUSTL’s Department of Romance Languages & Literatures in Arts & Sciences and coordinator for the Latino youth mentoring programs, started the programs in 1996 and they have grown from five student volunteers to more than 40 per semester. The WUSTL volunteers tutor/mentor Latino SLPS students from elementary to high-school age.