The Village is a mentoring community that is specifically designed to help young men redefine their lives through exposure, education, engagement, & encouragement.
Youth join the mentoring program by application or referral by a school, parent, or social agency. To be a part of the community, a mentee must graduate an 18-week program called R.I.S.E. (Redefining Identity through Service & Empowerment). The program is based on The Manhood Project Curriculum by Life Coach Phil Black.
The R.I.S.E. Program consists of:
(1) Group Coach session per week
Dinner/Snacks during each session
(1) Group field Trip
(2) Social Activities/Outings
RLI Journal for all participants
Community Service opportunities
RLI T-Shirt/Sweatshirt & Certificate of Completion
To progress to the conclusion of the program, the students MUST have a participation rate of 90% during the 18-week program. When a student reaches the end of the program, they will attend a "crossover program" where they will receive a certificate of completion, but most of all, they will receive membership in a local mentoring community.
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)
BECOME A MENTEE