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Brockton's Promise - My Enterprises Mentoring Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $348,654)

The City of Brockton, Massachusetts, proposes to strengthen its youth mentoring capacity by partnering with My Enterprises, a social enterprise program modeled after Artists for Humanity (AFH). AFH is a nationally-recognized model for youth development that functions on multi-level mentorship in the arts and business. AFH has over 18 years of experience at empowering youth in Boston. As part of its commitment to the Brockton's Promise coalition, the Plymouth County District Attorney (DA)'s Office will partner with My Enterprises to help establish AFH programming and mentorship practice in Brockton. Specifically, they will help recruit and train mentors from the local community, establish a facility to maximize community impact and interaction, and recruit youth from Brockton High School and Southeastern Regional Technical Vocational School. The DA's office has identified a partnership with My Enterprises as a priority due to the many challenges facing Brockton youth, such as high poverty levels, drop out rates, and insufficient after-school and mentoring programs. My Enterprises will combat these challenges by providing Brockton youth with meaningful job experiences to enhance their earning potential and immersing them in a culture of multi-level mentorship during their out of school hours. By year three of the project, these combined efforts are expected to have kept at least 75 young people safe, off the streets, and engaged in productive activities. In addition, participants are expected to exhibit increased self-esteem which will help them stay in school and avoid delinquent or criminal behavior. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 28, 2008