A counselor wants to bring a character enhancement class to local schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo woman has made it her mission to help students do well personally and academically.

That’s why she wants to bring a character enhancement class to local schools.

Ameer Munn was one of her pupils. At one point, he wasn’t doing his homework or attending class in high school. All of that changed after he met Terrie Ann Coplin and graduated from her character enhancement class.

“It helped me become a better student. I went from a 62’s to 82 and 90’s,” Munn said.

Now he’s going to graduate from ECC’s paralegal program, then pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Munn is just one of the many students who’s a product of The World of Girls and Boys Empowerment Mentorship Company. Coplin is the president and CEO of it. She is also a school counselor in the Buffalo Public School District. Her goal is to bring this program to elementary and high school students throughout Buffalo and the rest of the state.

“The ultimate goal is academic excellence. To help our students refocus on the value of education and preparing them to meet the challenges in our world,” Coplin said.

The course is a 10-week program designed to develop student’s character skills for educational success. Coplin ran a pilot program at Bennett High School in Buffalo from 2010-2012. School officials chose which students should be in it. After the first year, her data showed that 54 percent of the students who started with failing grades, ended up passing.

“I believe when students get in touch with who they are. Understand where they’ve come from and where they can go, it’s a whole different mindset. So I’m hoping at some point to get state accreditation and that this is a required course for graduation,” Coplin said.

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