The True2U mentoring program kicked off with 2,468 students from 66 schools over three days, September 21, 22 and 27th at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with presentations by Stedman Graham, zoo staff and a catered lunch.


Graham’s talks, held in the Stillwater Place program center, focused on getting students to organize themselves around what they love, and set their goals and vision for themselves around those interests. Zoo staff, along with a few animal friends, entertained and educated the students about the different kinds of career opportunities within the zoo.


On October 5th, students will meet their volunteer mentors at open houses held at their schools. More than 425 people have stepped up to serve as volunteer mentors, including blocks of employees from Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Clinic, Lubrizol, and other corporate partners. It’s not too late to help shape and be shaped by Cleveland’s future leaders; applications are still being accepted. The first in-school session is October 19. Click here to view the schedule and download an application.