Only 40 percent of young men who are ethnic minorities graduate from high school in Chicago, and only 3 percent go to college, said Russell Harris, admissions counselor at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. On Feb. 1, Wartburg leaders hosted a "Men's Visit Day" to put college on the radar for 40 eighth- through 12th-graders at five underperforming Chicago schools. All were ethnic minorities from low-income households. The youth enjoyed campus tours and conversations to "help them learn about the tools needed to achieve their goals," Harris said.
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