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Volunteer opportunity description

The Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) is a comprehensive public-private partnership to direct innovative city programs and services designed to address disparities between young Black and Latino men and their peers. YMI is funded through a combination of city funding and generous contributions from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement at the Open Society Foundation.

Yong Men’s Initiative relies on a strong volunteer backing to mentor these young men. Creating positive and strong connections to volunteer mentors can create positive change for the young mentees across various areas. Through enriching programming, educational trips, and quality time with optimistic mentors, we expect mentees to benefit in the areas of education, health and employment.


Key Responsibilities


  • Make a minimum of a one year commitment to developing and maintaining a mentor relationship with a middle school/early high school child;
  • Attend a mentor orientation and training session before meeting a mentee;
  • Attend ongoing mentor training and support sessions;
  • Meet with mentee on a regular basis to establish working relationship and to support mentee in educational goals;
  • Assist mentee in solving school-related and other problems that interfere with mentee’s success at school; and
  • Keep time logs and other information as requested by mentor coordinator.


  • Sincere desire to be personally involved with children to help them achieve personal and educational goals;
  • Ability to communicate with middle school and early high school students openly and non-judgmentally;
  • Strong listening skills;
  • Ability to establish a relationship based on equal responsibility and respect;
  • Practical problem-solving skills and ability to suggest options and alternatives; and
  • Sensitivity to various people of educational, economic, cultural or racial backgrounds.

Our volunteer needs

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About the organization

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House

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(718) 784-7447 ext: 133
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