Programs and Services
One-on-One Mentoring Program:
Each week mentees meet with their mentors for two hours. The mentor/mentee
dyads participate in various activities such as sports, cultural events,
theatre, educational events, etc. The mentors are adult friends to the mentees.
The mentees are encouraged to talk to their mentors about any issues that are
of concern to them. All volunteer Mentors are fully trained and screened.
Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents – The Guiding
Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents is about
mentoring relationships. Our role is to bring mentors and children with
incarcerated parents together and to facilitate quality mentoring
relationships. This program makes it possible for
many more young people throughout New
to have mentors, and for many more families to enjoy all the benefits of
mentoring. Children of Incarcerated parents between the ages of 5 to 18 are paired with
trained, screened adult mentors. The pair is required to meet for a minimum of
four hours per month. The mentor/mentee dyads participate in various activities
such as sports, cultural events, theatre, educational events, etc. The mentors
are adult friends to the mentees. The mentees are encouraged to talk to their
mentors about any issues that are of concern to them. All volunteer Mentors are
fully trained and screened.
Structured gender-specific/age-specific support groups for girls from 10-18
years, integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training
in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and
collective strengths, and competence in girls. It aims to counteract social and
interpersonal forces that impede girls’ growth and development by promoting an
emotionally safe setting and structure within which girls can develop caring
relationships and use authentic voices. Girls Circle groups are held weekly for 1½ hour. Each week the
facilitator leads the group of girls through a format that includes each girl
taking turns talking and listening to one another respectfully about their
concerns and interests. The girls express themselves further through creative
or focused activities such as role playing, drama, journaling, poetry, drama,
dance, drawing, collage, clay, and so on. Gender specific themes and topics are
introduced which relate to the girls’ or lives, such as trusting ourselves,
friendships, goals, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, competition, and
decision-making, violence, aggression, etc. Facilitators are trained and
certified by Girls Circle, Inc. (Girls’ Circle, 2006).
Boys Council is a strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young
men’s safe, strong and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. Boys Council groups encourage boys and
young men to: act safely; show respect in their relationships; develop a
healthy perspective; see other’s points of view; use good judgment; and find
their goals and dreams and pursue them. Boys
Council meets a core developmental need in boys for strong, positive
relationships. In this healthy and structured environment, boys and young men
gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and
build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives,
individually and collectively. (Boys Council, 2008). Young men experience belonging and connection with adults
and peers; Discover the principles they want to live by; Recognize others’
perspectives and experiences; Develop empathic skills; Participate in fun and
stimulating activities; Find motivation and courage to act on their principles;
Desire to act with self-respect; Find respect for girls and women; Embrace the
power within themselves and within their bonds as a community; Find restored
hope, belief, and skills to live a good life.
A.C.T. on Faith:
Faith based initiative; in excess of 50 faith-based organizations throughout
the Lower Hudson
Valley and New York City collaborate to effect
recruitment of volunteers and to attract men and women of faith to support our
mission of creating socially adept, moral young adults. The A.C.T. on Faith
program also assists youth and families in times of need.
Parents Support Group:
Because we know that children and teens have more opportunity for success when
parents are involved in the mentoring process we have established a parent
support group. Our bi-weekly meetings designed to support parents in exchanging
ideas and opinions on specific situations/concerns. Through the support group
parents learn new strategies and tactics for promoting healthy, happy
relationships with their children.
Designed for working parents who are not able to go to court with their
children; for parents who do not feel comfortable attending court; and for
parents who do not understand the court system. A.C.T. Inc. is dedicated to
ensuring that children and youth never have to go to court without the support
of a caring adult. With this commitment, a court advocate will accompany any
client for their court dates.
Mentor Networking Group:
Mentors meet one time per month to exchange ideas and celebrate
Each week families in various low-income Housing Authority complexes are
afforded the opportunity to participate in a community family dinner. Members of the ACT volunteer family travel to
the site and have dinner with the participants. Every family member participates.
During dinner, children and parents discuss their accomplishments or
challenges of the previous week. After
dinner, separate gender/age specific youth groups and parent groups are formed
to address specific topics. A trained
Social Worker and trained volunteer counselor are in attendance to offer much
needed counseling and support.
An after school program designed to promote academic excellence. At the
Academic Academy, we make learning fun!
Students, 7 to 11 years of age, are engaged intellectually through fun learning
activities. Our teachers and
facilitators create an atmosphere where learning is exciting and excellence is
expected. As a result, our students excel in every area.
Sowing Seeds for Seniors:
This program is designed to teach our children and teens to build their community
by giving back to our beloved Senior Citizens. Every year children in A.C.T.
programs select Senior Citizen Complexes to plant vegetable/fruit gardens. As a result, our Senior Citizens have an opportunity
to pick and prepare fresh veggies/fruit and the children experience the joys of