The Arthur Project is a unique program transforming traditional mentoring by using professional mentors to work intensively with at-risk youth through the duration of middle school.
Here is how our program is different:
--OUR SOLE FOCUS IS ON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Research on neurological changes in adolescent brains underscores the importance of middle school as a critical time period. This period makes youth especially vulnerable to stress but also highly receptive to services and interventions. With the right support and relationships, this decisive period can actually represent a peak time to optimize brain development. We concentrate on the “science” around the relationship.
--OUR MENTORS ARE TRAINED CLINICIANS
We want these young people in professional hands. Our mentors are not volunteers, they’re accomplished Master of Social Work clinicians-in-training from local universities who receive hands-on training and support over the course of each year from The Arthur Project.
--WE SPEND 500 HOURS WITH EACH STUDENT, EACH YEAR
Traditional mentoring programs can offer mentees about 40 hours a year. At The Arthur Project, our kids will benefit from approximately 500 hours with their mentors over a year, including a relationship on weekends and summers.
--EACH STUDENT FOLLOWS AN INDIVIDUALIZED GROWTH PLAN
Statistics inform our work at The Arthur Project, but we’re careful to see one individual at a time. That’s why our mentors create tailored growth plans for each mentee, because while data suggests similarities, these kids’ stories are anything but the same. We’ll inspire and measure their growth as individuals using plans that encompass academic and social-emotional needs alongside critical life skills and service learning.
--STUDENTS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL COMMUNITY SERVICE OF THEIR CHOICE
At the heart of our program is the belief that through performing direct service, young people accumulate experiences that help them understand that they matter. We work with youth to develop their sense of agency through hands-on, service activities in their local schools and communities. We empower mentees to identify significant social problems, and to propose and execute solutions, making positive waves in their communities.