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At Risk Youth Mentoring

Foundations Program

The Foundations Program is offered in Aberdeen, Bel Air, and Edgewood communities. Students grade pre k- 12 who are categorized as at-risk due to economic, linguistic or academic reasons, come to a one-on-one tutoring session where they receive support from a certified teacher as well as an English-speaking peer mentor. Students are encouraged to work on homework together and build a relationship of compassion and caring, while learning leadership, civic, and language skills. The secondary students are paired with adult mentors who monitor goal-setting and successes.

The programs are designed to provide the emotional, social, and educational needs of children and youth in an atmosphere of support where all students can succeed.

Summer Camp

Our summer camp is an extension to the youth mentoring program. The camp focuses on the student’s role in the community, while reinforcing academics in reading, math, and civics.  The camp runs daily, Monday through Friday, for the month of July. 

Senior Leadership Academy

The academy is made up of youth grades 6- 12 who work on leadership and civic commitment. The students meet quarterly for leadership retreats, partake in community events, and implement service projects, while building their interpersonal skills and increasing their self-worth.

Butterfly Group

The Butterfly group is designed for girls ages 9 to 21. The program is designed to build a community of support for the girls as they learn to bridge between their home culture and that of the USA, emphasizing acculturation over assimilation. Girls are paired with adult female mentors to guide, motivate, and encourage them as they become successful and productive citizens.

The focus of the group is character and leadership, wellness and health, financial literacy, academic success, healthy relationships, and life planning.

Program Goals:

  • Increase girls’ sense of self worth
  • Improve their perspective on education
  • Help girls develop and define their short-term and long-term goals
  • Encourage social awareness
  • Build positive relationships and support networks with adults and peers