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Middle-schooler Manny Aponte and his mentor, Justin Roias of City Year, talk about the events that transformed their lives.

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Want kids to show up to school? Embed a mentor there

Written by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo on September 14, 2016 - Read this story

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The stuffy basement cafeteria swirls with middle-schoolers. This is where Justin Roias usually checks in with a sixth-grader he’s mentoring, but Manny Aponte is nowhere to be found.

Word comes that Manny’s been spotted in a hallway – a streak of red and black, flashing by on a skateboard.

Manny’s skipping lunch, but at least he’s not skipping school.

That marks major progress for a boy who is trying to break free from the shadows of the day when, as he tells it, out of all the children playing in the yard, “that bullet chose me.”

His attendance could also mean the difference between the road to dropping out and the road to graduation.

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