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Psychology professor mentors, inspires African-American youth

May 3, 2013

As a mentor to young African-American boys who struggle with difficult home lives, emotional troubles and mental health challenges, Loyola University New Orleans psychology professor Charles Corprew, Ph.D., will get the chance to inspire an even larger audience this year. He will deliver the commencement address June 1 for the second graduating class at Sci Academy, a charter high school run by Collegiate Academies in New Orleans East. The graduation ceremony will take place at Xavier University.

Corprew began mentoring students at Sci Academy in 2010 and has also helped run its anger management program. A high school teacher for 10 years before becoming a college psychology professor, Corprew’s commencement speech will draw on his extensive experience helping young African-American men overcome negative youth experiences, exposure to community violence and race-related stress.

His commencement address will focus on personal and global revolutions—not only changes within the young people themselves, but also how the students can create positive change in their communities and the world.

“The changes people want to make in their own lives—it’s always about revolution; it’s an upheaval,” Corprew said. For the graduation ceremony, he will tell the students “they can be the revolutionaries that New Orleans needs,” he said.

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