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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- More than 1,000 sixth-graders will visit the University of Utah tomorrow -- sampling classes, the campus and facilities -- for an early taste of college life.
Researchers hope the visit will inspire the students to aim for college.
Project Youth Co-Director Barbara Spencer says sixth graders are at a critical point in their educational development. She says Project Youth tries to set students on a path to academic success that will lead them to college.
About 1,500 low-income students from the Salt Lake Valley will tour the university campus and sample classes to see the variety of opportunities available to them.
University students will serve as "mentors for a day" to the sixth-graders, sharing their own college experiences.
The event is organized through the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center.
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