NYCID’s Arches program is a transformative mentoring intervention to young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are on probation in targeted neighborhoods. Former Mayor Bloomberg announced the Young Men’s Initiative, a bold and comprehensive effort to help black and latino young men achieve their professional, educational and personal goals. NYCID has designed an assortment of programs and services designed to increase access to mentoring, education, employment, and various opportunities for civic and community engagement.
The essential components of the Arches transformative mentoring intervention include:
· A group process where participants become an important support system for each other
· A curriculum based on cognitive behavioral principles delivered by cultural appropriate mentors
· 24/7 on call availability for support, advice, and guidance
· Incorporation of positive youth development values, principles and practices
· Case management provided by DOP probation officers
The main focus is on the achievement of developmental outcomes such as the ability to seek help in a crisis, get along with others, show up on time, and handle a job interview that can prepare a person for education, employment, and civic participation.
Students must be 16 to 24 years of age and referred to the program by their Probation officer. Over a period of six months participants will transform many of their thoughts and behaviors and will be linked with jobs, internships and other self-help opportunities. Participants are also given stipends, metro cards, hot meals and participate in a curriculum that utilizes interactive journaling throughout the duration of the program.
For more information contact:
Charles Dotson III