Description of original award (Fiscal Year 1999, $200,000)
Project Summary for 1999-JG-FX-0063
Community School District #18 in Brooklyn, New York, in collaboration with New Perspective Development Corporation (NPDC) and the Beacon Schools will develop a Project LIFELINE, a oneto-one mentoring program to address the problems of immigrant youth at-risk of academic failure, dropping out of school, and involvement in delinquent/gang-related activities. The program will be implemented in all five district middle schools. Project LIFELINE will engage sixth, seventh, and eight graders and their families in a new mentoring program. Senior citizen mentors will be recruited and matches to each mentee. Mentoring pairs will be encouraged to maintain their relationship throughout the student's middle school years and beyond. Mentoring schedule will be flexible to accomodate the needs of each pair of participants. Sessions will take place during weekday afternoons and evenings and on weekdays. Mentoring pairs will meet at the middle schools, senior centers, local libraries, and/or other sites identified and approved by project staff. The mentor/mentee will engage in a wide range of activities including, but not limited to, trips to New York City cultural events and institutions,visit to local libraries,one-on-one tutoring/learning sessions in English language arts and mathematics, arts and crafts, and hobby projects in areas of special interest to the mentee and expertise of the mentor.