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Matthew McConaughey Backs Mentorship Program

August 16th, 2012 8:47am EDT

Matthew Mcconaughey

Actor Matthew McConaughey is backing a new campaign to address dropout rates in the nation's schools.

The A Time to Kill star and his j.k. livin Foundation have pledged support to the Communities In Schools organization's proposal, which aims to raise funds to keep millions of students in education and mentor them.

McConaughey helped launch the GIVE Education School the Nation campaign on Wednesday, and insists he is a "firm believer" in the initiative.

He says, "I created the j.k. livin so we can help children make positive and healthy changes in themselves and the world around them - and at the most basic level for many, that starts with graduating high school."

"I am a firm believer in the power and necessity of mentorship, and by teaming with GIVE Education, we're ensuring that people learn about the inspiring and effective work mentors are doing across the country to combat the dropout crisis."

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