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The NYC Mentoring Program Celebrates 30 Years at Intrepid Museum!

Friday, August 29, 2014  

The 2013-2014 school year marked the 30th anniversary of the New York City Mentoring Program – a life changing program started as a Chancellor’s initiative in 1983.  The program, designed to broaden the horizons of high school students and help them navigate a variety of educational, social, and work-related situations, has collaborated with over 180 partner organizations to provide mentors to New York City’s youth since its inception.  During this time, over 30,000 mentor volunteers have supported students in 1-on-1 relationships equating to over 1 million volunteer hours served.  Due to the enduring success of their mentoring relationships, four partners have been operating since the mid-1980s and continue today: the Federal Reserve Bank of NY; Women in Government; the Financial Women’s Association; and, Fashion Industry Partners.  Currently, the program serves approximately 600 pairs of mentors/mentees in over 25 programs around the City.

To celebrate these achievements, the New York City Mentoring Program held an end-of-year 30th Anniversary event at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum on June 4, 2014. Attendees included mentors, mentees, program partners, coordinators, and notable supporters Jahmani W. Hylton, Director of the Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), Office of the Mayor, and Dr. Nicole E. Vartanian, then VP of Education for Intrepid.  Over 300 guests received tours of the Flight Deck, Hangar Deck, and the Enterprise while enjoying refreshments prepared by the students at Food and Finance High School.

During the event, the New York City Mentoring Program was presented with a mayoral proclamation celebrating 30 years of success and naming June 4, 2014 as “Mentoring Day”. A message from Chancellor Fariña, who was unable to attend the event, was read by the Director of the New York City Mentoring Program, Lori Mastromauro.  Remarking on the incredible success and longevity of the program, Chancellor Farina wrote, “This program is truly a collaborative, community-wide effort. For three decades, it has engaged business and organizational supporters, volunteer mentors, school administrators, educators, and students…I commend all of the mentors and program coordinators for taking the time out of your lives to share your knowledge and experience with our students. Thanks to your dedication, mentees are broadening their horizons in school and in life, and the time that you spend with them is invaluable.”

Across New York City, tens of thousands of students need caring adult mentors to help them make the most of their potential - in school, in the world of work, and in life. Mentors share more than their expertise and guidance, they share their lives - and the rewards can be tremendous.  For more information visit

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