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NYC mentorship program puts startup staffers in schools

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A mentorship program that sends engineers and designers from New York City's burgeoning tech industry into high-poverty public schools is aiming to forge connections between groups that rarely meet.
   Backers hope the program will inspire kids to consider high-tech careers and can eventually help boost diversity at companies like Google and Facebook.
   The mentors gave students at 20 schools a crash course in entrepreneurship.
   Fifth-graders at Public School 307 in Brooklyn presented their ideas to their classmates on Thursday.
   One team had come up with a "bully alert" sweater that lets students sound the alarm that they're being bullied.
   Another team had designed a teddy bear that plays parent-approved music.

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