Our Mentorship + Outreach ongoing, with youth being interviewed when they register by a member of the MM team who will then assess the individual needs of the applicant. Participants are assigned to mentors, or partner organizations on a needs basis. Youth meet with a counselor/mentor on a monthly basis within the program to determine if further needs for assistance is needed. This aspect of the program works to ensure that each participant has the support he or she may need to be successful academically and in any other area of their personal lives that they may be struggling with.
MMI Youth Advocates keep an open invitation to all participants for a confidential adult ear that will give the best possible guidance or a referral to a professional service to meet the individual's needs, as well as, follow up. These services are open to all youth and not limited to MMI members.
In the past year this component has addressed issues which were mostly academic; such as tutoring, redirecting into High School/registration, school transfers, internships and mentor-ship placement, GED and college/financial aide applications. In addition youth were in need of and assisted with, referrals to legal assistance, health issues, and counseling services. Weekly activities are held at the Medgar Evers Colleg Campus in Brooklyn, NY. Major event locations are acquired through partnerships, rentals or donations; we utilize such spaces as The Brooklyn Museum, Medgar Evers College, Mount Morris Dance Studios and Dungeon Beach Recording Studios.