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Did a teacher inspire you to stay in school when you were thinking of dropping out? Did a coach or mentor help you overcome obstacles in your education? How did that help make a difference in your life?

Or, are you a current or former mentor yourself?

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Check & Connect, the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration wants to hear from students, former students, mentors, and administrators across the world who participated in the academic intervention program, whether it was one year ago or 30.

Send your story to Ann Thompson, along with your name, the school where you participated in Check & Connect, and your current city of residence. We may publish your story on our websites or social media, or may follow up with you for more information.