The word “Cram” has a new meaning now, thanks to the efforts of eighth-grade student Dylan M. ’25. This fall, Dylan developed the peer mentoring program: Creating Role Models and Mentors (a.k.a CRAM). He asked his mother, Mrs. Lizy Dosoretz ’98, for help gathering underprivileged students in the Fort Myers area who need assistance with homework and can make it to her company, Elite DNA Therapy Services, on a weekly basis.
One question loomed at the start of the mentoring program. While the Canterbury students who serve as mentors would be knowledgeable in the tutoring material, would they be able to approach embarrassing or emotional situations with maturity and empathy? “Without fail, Canterbury’s student mentors have stepped up and been true leaders in potentially awkward situations,” said Mrs. Dosoretz with pride. She continued, “I am amazed by how much these students display the pillars of love, goodwill, and trust. The Canterbury community, teachers, advisors, and all the staff play a significant role in helping create committed, mission-driven, kind, and respectful young mentors.”
There are between 10-14 Canterbury students and 10-14 mentees who have met weekly, and the four sessions they have hosted have been a success. Ms. Dozoretz recently received an email from the Lee County School Board asking if CRAM would be interested in formally partnering with underprivileged schools and creating more mentoring opportunities. The CRAM mentors have even been asked to present the program and what they’ve done to make it successful! Mrs. Sharon Laconi, Head of the Middle School, stated, “This is wonderful! What a great mentoring program Dylan has developed.”
The current student mentors include Dylan M. ’25, Noah M. ’27, Gabe D. ’25, Matt K. ’25, Luca F. ’25, Tanish P. ’24, Aleef C. ’25, Ariana A. ’25, Anika K. ’25, Tolga H. ’25, and Arnav A. ’25.