WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Bright and Motivated In sum, what's going on is that a group of somewhat atypical but bright and highly motivated young people are doing exactly what they should have been doing before they went and did something seriously bad. And while the fact that their intellectual curiosity may come accompanied by a fair quotient of residual anger, lack of life knowledge, depression, and guilt, when a mentor takes a long-term interest in one's academic success and even personal well-being — well, good things happen. In fact, over 300 inmates have achieved college degrees with the help of mentoring friends from Partakers. "We've got over 20 support organizations, including lots of churches and seminaries, and hun- dreds of individuals involved," says Arthur Bembury, Partakers Executive Director. "The idea here is to take the courses, graduate, get 165 w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e "It was time for me to step out of the ordinary, and I thought that if I did it as a member of a team, it wouldn't be so scary." – J a n e C a r l s o n P H O T O S B Y P E T E R G O L D E N

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