A collaborative effort among Suffolk University, Northeastern University, and Wheelock College has been chosen as a finalist for the state’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration, which will be awarded Monday, April 9, 2007.

The Suffolk-Northeastern-Wheelock collaborative, in partnership with Jumpstart’s Roxbury School Readiness for All Initiative, enlists and trains college students to be mentors to local preschoolers from low-income communities.

The other finalists are:

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Peruvian Ministry of Health, for their Village Empowerment Partnership. In this rural development program, college students design and install sustainable systems in remote Peruvian villages.
  • Harvard University’s Phillips Brooks House Association and the Boston Youth Fund who have partnered in the Summer Urban Program, a network of summer camps for low-income Boston children that provide junior counselor jobs to urban youth

The Carter Partnership Award, which recognizes model collaborations between colleges and community groups, carries with it a $10,000 prize, half of which goes to the academic institution and the other half to the partner community organization.

The award is being organized by the Massachusetts Campus Compact, a higher education organization representing 65 college and university presidents in the Bay State.

The finalists were chosen by a committee composed of representatives from higher education, business, government, and community groups throughout Massachusetts.