Neighborhood Longhorns Program Helps Conquer COVID to Mentor Austin Students

At the annual Orange and White Welcome, incoming freshman were welcomed by the Texas Exes in partnership with the Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP).

NLP is the official philanthropic arm of the Silver Spurs and a unit within UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The program has been around for more than 30 years and mentors more than 350 local students in second through eighth grade each year.

While the ongoing pandemic cancelled in-person activities, the NLP adapted to virtual tutoring and created online resources for teachers. More than 45 campus student organizations provide volunteers, and many of students continue their education at UT.

“Now, UT students and even alumni can mentor kids from the convenience of their dorm room or living room,” said Ken Capps, BBA, MPA ’99, Life Member, board chair of NLP. “Our UT students and student-athletes are also recording inspirational messages to send our school children, and of course, they love that.”

Students that require volunteer hours or are looking for community service opportunities can register with the NLP. The organization is also working with the Texas Exes Austin Chapter and the Texas Exes Black and Hispanic Alumni Networks to expand volunteer and mentorship opportunities to alumni.


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