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The Village

Founded in 2020, The Village offers support, opportunities, fun experiences, and encouragement to young men in grades 6th -12th as an intergenerational mentoring community.

The Village provides opportunities for participants to engage in intensive self-reflection and develop positive critical thinking habits. Asset-based mentoring and intergenerational relationships are used throughout the program. Mentors and mentees meet weekly for two hours over a period of 36 weeks. Presently, mentors consist of men between the ages of 19-60. Each mentoring session consist of dinner time, team building activities, man talk discussion, and a reflection time at the end.

Youth join the mentoring program by application or referral by a school, parent, or social agency. Upon acceptance, participants of the Village will receive:

  • (1) Group Coaching session per week

  • Dinner during each session

  • (1) Group field Trip

  • (1) Social Activities/Outings

  • Community Service opportunities 

  • RLI T-Shirt/Sweatshirt & Certificate of Completion

To progress to the conclusion of the program, mentees MUST have a participation rate of 90% during the 36-week program. When a student reaches the end of the program, they will attend a graduation where they will receive a certificate of completion, and most of all, they will receive an opportunity to be a part of the The Village Alumni community.  

The Village Alumni

Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are:

46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

APPLY TO THE VILLAGE

The Village Alumni is the next step in the students mentoring journey. Alumni will receive:

  • Monthly mentoring check-ins from a RLI Life Coach.

  • Quarterly Alumni get togethers

  • A Yearly Trip or Retreat

  • Community Service opportunities 

  • Mentoring opportunities by helping the first year students of The Village.