|Program type||After School|
|Meets||A Minimum Of One Hour Per Week|
Project Dream Mentor Program
To embrace the children of incarcerated parents and empower them to break the cycle of intergenerational involvement in the criminal justice system.
CPNYC’s mentoring program, Project DREAM (Directing Realities through Exposure, Access & Mentoring), provides children of imprisoned parents, ages 8-18, with one-to-one matches with screened and trained mentors, as part of the agency’s larger mission to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.
In many cases, the mentor is the first adult to take an interest in the child’s personal aspirations, providing them with access to new experiences and information, exposure to educational and career exploration and providing a new perspective on their futures and reaching their fullest potential.
Project DREAM offers mentoring matches the opportunity to participate in trips and activities which build the mentoring relationship. Mentor matches meet a minimum of one hour per week where mentors and their mentees enjoy activities such as career explorations, museum trips, recreational activities, tutoring, and community service projects.
Each mentor receives extensive training and support from CPNYC staff to promote the success of the mentoring match and to ensure that the match will be sustained for at least 12 months.