If not for the Torch pro­gram, Odalis Polanco says, he wouldn’€™t have grad­u­ated from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. Not this spring. Not ever. “It gave me the sup­port I neeeded,” he says of the five-​​year-​​old pro­gram, which pro­vides stu­dents with tutoring, lead­er­ship training, and one-​​on-​​one mentoring.

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