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Mentoring programs


Boys-to-Men Project 

​Boys-to-Men promotes and teaches responsibility to boys ages 8-25. Boys to Men consists of 14 sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each participant receives his own “Necktie” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. Boy to Men represents a targeted effort to engage young men in discussions activities that reinforce positive behavior.

Dream Big Project small-group leadership for youth ages 11-13. Dream Big Project is a powerful vehicle through which community-based staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Dream Big youth learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to the community, education, health and fitness and social recreation. Dream Big  Project awards are presented annually to youth with outstanding programs and activities in the four areas each year.


Become A Mentor

​A positive mentor can change and, in some cases, save a young person’s life. Yet many kids today don’t have any positive adult figures in their lives. Young people who meet regularly with a mentor are 38 percent more likely to graduate on time, 55 percent more likely to enroll in college and 130 percent more likely to hold leadership positions.


Trade Program 

Youth Workforce Project is 6-9 month academic and building trades program is for young people aged 17-24 who do not have a high school diploma. Program participants gain exposure to construction and landscaping safety, tools, materials, techniques and methods while taking HiSET prep classes for their high school equivalency (HSE).

This 15 week program is for young people aged 18-25 who already have their high school diploma or equivalent, and are interested in starting a career in the building trades. Students gain field experience on real construction sites to ensure that they are ready for employment in the field upon graduation.



Other Mentoring Programs

The Youth Explore Trades Skills resource development project involves the creation of learning resources to support the implementation of the DLD for Youth Explore Trades Skills Program Guide. Depending on the district and the school, these programs are geared towards students in grades 9-18. DLD Youth Explore Trades Skills was created as an educational resource for any secondary student. How each district chooses to implement the course will vary, depending on the availability of human and material resources and facilities.

Activity Plans have now been developed for the following instructional modules:

  • Core Module

  • Automotive Service Technician

  • Baker

  • Carpenter

  • Cook

  • Design and Drafting

  • Electrician

  • Electronics and Robotics

  • Metal Work

  • Plumber


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