The second component of our model, and what makes our program unique, is the mentoring community. Rather than a student graduating out of the program, they graduate into a mentoring community. Upon finishing the R.I.S.E. program, students will graduate into The Village Mentoring Community, which consists of small groups called Tribes. A tribe consists of 2 adult mentors and 3 alumni. The tribe serves as the continuous connection between the student and the organization.
Our mentors are the heart and soul of the program. We divide our mentors into three (3) groups.
Advocate – Men who fill the Advocate role are seasoned (age 35 and up) and provide a “father-figure” for the young men within the community.
Coach – Men who fill the Coach role are younger (age 19 - 34) and provide a “big brother” for the young men within the community.
Alumni - Recent graduates of the program. Alumni will meet once-a-month time with their tribe l check-ins, leadership development, community service, and mentoring other potential recruits.
"Students from low-income families are 2.4 times more likely to drop out than middle-income kids, and over 10 times more likely than high-income peers."
- National Center for Education Statistics