Our tentative date to open our foundation is for the fall, 2012. The hours for our programs and activities will be for 2 hours daily, (Beginning after school) from 2:00 p.m. until 4 p.m. The days set for the mentoring program will be bn regular school days, Monday through Friday. We will also offer our mentoring program on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Our mentors will work with their mentees at least 2 hours a week and will based on the mentors availability. If mentors can and are able to give additional time, it will be greatly appreciated.We will also have a social worker and a nurse who will volunteer some of their time to the centers . They will work with the youths at least twice a week, 2 hours a week.
The program will take initially 10 high school youths in each site which makes the number of youth receiving assistance and guidance, 30. We will have 10 mentors at each site, male and female, that will be matched with no more than two of youths in the program. Our mentors will be from all sectors of the communities. As time and needs grow, we will accept more mentees and recruit more mentors.
An application process will be available to any youth who wish to participate in the programs that will be offered at our future sites. Applications will be made available at many of the high schools where we want to reach students who would like to join and be apart of our foundation and programs.
In addition, we will build relationships with many of the neighborhood churches in these communities. This will assist us by making sure that any youth and their parent/guardian who wants to apply may do so.
The applicants that are accepted into our program will be based on teacher and school recommendations and the strong interest shown by the youth in a one page essay they will write as part of the application process. Students who will be eligible will be youths who are of the ages of 12 to 19 years old and are a minority; males and females. All applicants will be notified by email and in writing and sent via the US Postal Service if they have been accepted or have been placed on our waiting list. The letter will notified the youth and their parent/guardian of the time and days of the week the program is to begin and end. High schoolers and their parent/guardian can decide how many days of the week they can attend. However, the mentees must come at least 3 days a week. If a mentee has 3 unexcused absents, they and their parent/guardian will be notified explaining why they, (the youth) and their child has been dropped from the program.