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Our Program

Who We Are

The New York City Mentoring Program (NYCMP) works with businesses, organizations, associations, and government agencies to develop successful mentoring partnerships with public high schools throughout New York City. Coordinated by the Department of Education's Office of Strategic Partnerships, the NYCMP’s framework for mentoring relationships is designed to broaden the horizons of high school students and to help them navigate diverse educational, social, and professional situations.

Mentors serve as role models and friends the students can look to for guidance. They offer career exploration, facilitate conversations about goal-setting, provide advice on schoolwork and the college admissions process, and lead activities that tap into the city’s vast cultural resources.

Our mentors are caring and concerned adults from a variety of backgrounds and professions who meet the Department of Education's application, training, and screening requirements. They commit to mentoring for at least one school year, meeting with their mentees for a minimum of four hours per month.


What We Do

The NYCMP was founded as a small project in 1983 and now serves more than 1200 participants in over 25 high school partnership programs across the five boroughs each year. The NYCMP model is a structured school-initiated approach to the traditional mentoring relationship between adults and young people. High school students are matched with adult mentor volunteers from their school's partnering company or organization. Typically, mentor volunteers within our partner organizations provide one-on-one after-school mentoring to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

The New York City Mentoring Program supports these individualized partnerships by providing training and technical assistance, administrative support, mentoring resources, and guidance to student mentees and their mentors, as well as school and mentor coordinators.


Why It Matters

We believe access to responsible adult role models from local businesses, organizations, and associations can make an indelible impact on the personal and professional development of high school students.

Ultimately, these inspiring adult mentors will help students to realize their potential in school, at work, and in life.


Our Results

97% of NYCMP seniors graduated from high school
97% of NYCMP graduates enrolled in college
89% of NYCMP mentees learned about different career options from their mentors
96% of mentees said they were glad they became a mentee
94% of mentors said they benefited from participating in the program

All results from the 2012-2013 school year

Pictured on this page:  NYCMP staff members: (clockwise) Outreach Coordinator Gianni Lopez, Program Director Lori Mastromauro, and Program Assistant Karen Velesaca (top photo); 2015 Mentor-Mentee of Year Sofia Rahman and Lynjean Quilang (bottom photo)

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