All day long, WKYC worked to recruit mentors for the first class of local students to receive Say Yes to Education tuition scholarships. 

WKYC has teamed up with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and College Now to help students heading to college in the fall succeed at the next level.  

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So you're probably wondering does mentoring work? College Now's pilot mentoring class has a 72 percent graduation rate compare that to just 56 percent for a student without a mentor.

On Monday, WKYC's Russ Mitchell introduced us to his mentee, Mario Wilson. 

Russ and his mentee, Mario  stopped by the Donovan live set to talk more about their personal experience with the program. Check it out in the player below: