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Volunteer opportunity description

As part of the Young Men’s Initiative, the 25 Cornerstone programs located in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) community centers will include mentoring activity as part of their programs. Mentors will support youth in fifth through ninth grades during the transitions from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school by cultivating positive personal relationships and community involvement.

We are recruiting mentors to serve at Cornerstones sites in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.  


Mentoring will take place in small groups.  Mentors will be asked to commit to at least one and a half hours with their group each week for at least a five-month relationship.  Mentors will meet with their group at the Cornerstone site or other agreed upon locations.  Mentors will be trained on issues such as schedules, activities, principles of youth development, group dynamics, relationship building, handling crises, and reporting.  Each Cornerstone site will have a mentoring program coordinator who will provide ongoing support to the mentors. Mentors must be 18 years of age or older and undergo screening to participate.

To express interest in this opportunity, please email Rubin Mina ( and include your two site preferences, your availability (in terms of days and times), your email address and your phone number.  

Program Sites in Manhattan:

Polo Grounds, Manhattan 10039

Program Sites in the Bronx:

Bronx River, Bronx 10472

Eastchester Gardens, Bronx 10469

Program Sites in Brooklyn:

Bay View, Brooklyn 11236

Pink Houses, Brooklyn 11208

Surfside, Brooklyn 11224

Cypress Hills, Brooklyn 11208

Sumner, Brooklyn 11206

Program Sites in Queens:

Latimer Gardens, Queens 11354

Ocean Bay, Queens 11692

Ravenswood, Queens 11106

Redfern, Queens 11691

Program Sites in Staten Island:

Carter Center, Staten Island 10304

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Ruben Mina
Mentoring Project Manager
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