A Better Chance
In 1972, a local chapter of the Boston-based program, A Better Chance Inc., began working out of a classic three-story house on Second Street SW in Rochester. Since its beginnings, Rochester Better Chance (RBC) has enabled more than 100 academically talented inner-city youth to graduate from John Marshall High School with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Rochester's A Better Chance Foundation is one organization of 25 national participants (three of which are in Minnesota) in the A Better Chance Inc., Community School Programs.
Currently, the RBC house is home to four scholars who attend John Marshall High School, and the resident directors and their family.
A philosophy that rings true for those associated with RBC is that everyone, at some point in his or her life, needs a mentor, perhaps just for a little boost or a better chance; and after benefiting from that boost, that person should do his or her best to give back and to help others. It's that simple.