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The Department of Eucation's New York City Mentoring Program (NYCMP) was founded as a small project in 1983 and now serves more than 1000 participants in approximately 30 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 students in grades 10-12. 

The 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 Safety and Youth Development, 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.


We are looking for groups of 15-25 people from one organization to partner with high schools through the New York City Mentoring Program (NYCMP). NYCMP is a high school mentoring program serving students citywide. Our goal is to expose youth to experiences beyond school and home. We ask that mentors work with their mentees on goal setting through four specific activity areas: cultural exposure, social skill development, academics, and career exploration.

Type(s) of Mentoring:



  • Must be a group of 15-25 volunteer mentors.
  • Mentors must participate in a training and submit a mentor application. Background check required.
  • Mentors must be interested in working with high school students.
  • Must meet a minimum of 4 hours per month, face to face, with mentee during the school year.
  • Must be able to commit to at least 1 year of mentoring; ideally mentors return with the same mentee in subsequent years.

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The Department of Education's New York City Mentoring Program

Lori Mastromauro
Program Director
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