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Community leaders join forces to help students succeed

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Twenty-three community organizations and business leaders have teamed up to take part in the new community outreach program ‘Breakthrough Norcross.'

The program is being backed by the Georgia Center for Opportunity.

The Peachtree Corners based nonprofit is looking to donate close to $2 million over the next four years to community agencies willing to reach out to students in the program.

The organization hopes to change the lives of students in Norcross by mentoring them from elementary school all the way through high school and onto college and/or career.

According to school leaders, nearly 7 in 10 Norcross High students qualify for free or reduced lunch, which is a stat that can be a recipe for poor performance in the classroom.

Norcross senior Shaquille Tucker told CBS Atlanta News that he's excited about the program and the promise it offers.

"Every child isn't born with a rich family. We have economic issues. Some kids didn't go to good public schools, so the education levels are different," said Tucker.

Mark Thornell with the Fowler Family YMCA in Norcross is excited about being a part of the mission to offer Cradle-to-Career support.

"We are already doing that type of work. We can now share what we're doing with other organizations and agencies out there," said Thornell.

The hope is that students will not only be successful, but that they'll return to Norcross one day and give back to the community.

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