The Children’s Village President and CEO Dr. Jeremy Kohomban testified before the NYC Council’s Committee on Juvenile Justice on September 21. Citing research and frontline experience, his testimony highlighted the critical need for family engagement to the long-term success of youth involved with the justice system. Dr. Kohomban concluded with three specific recommendations. More Info
Connections is a program of The Children’s Village. Our shared mission is to work in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities. Beyond our mission lie three core beliefs: First, all children and youth need connections to adults who believe in them and will remain connected throughout their lives. Second, education, appropriate social behavior and job skills are essential to functioning independently in society. And third, everyone has strengths and the desire to make his or her life happy and fulfilling; with support and the tools to overcome obstacles, most can and will succeed.
Connections is unique in that we provide one-on-one, long-term mentoring support to boys ages 15 to 25 in residential treatment centers and other foster care situations. Our approach spans the various services boys in foster care have access to — we coordinate efforts across agencies already in place.
Launched in April 2016, the program aims to match 20 boys in foster care with an individual mentor. Our mission is to help young lives succeed.
Become a Mentor
One positive adult relationship is sometimes the missing link for at-risk youth to become successful. Mentoring is an opportunity for you to develop a long-term, one-on-one relationship with a youth who is in need of a role model, friend, and caring adult. The mentors in our program aim to identify, connect, and monitor resources in place to help in the development of the whole person in the areas of education, nutrition, health, spiritual development, mental and emotional wellness, career planning and experience, housing, and independent living skills.
Minimum age for a mentor is 21. Mentors are expected to spend approximately ten hours per month with their mentee for at least one year. Express your interest.
Sponsor a Program
Your organization may adopt one of our programs. Members of your group become a support system for the children and families in the program. Some groups have monthly activities, such as story-telling, board games, sports, or arts and crafts; some provide holiday or birthday gifts and celebrations; and others organize picnics, events, and life-skills workshops. The amount of activity is not as important as being consistent and reliable. We will help you decide on what activities will work for your group. Express your interest.
We rely heavily on the generosity of individuals and organizations to sustain our innovative programming. No matter how small or how large, your contribution will enable us to impact more lives. Donate now.
To get involved, contact Paul Muratore, Connections Founder and Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-902-5280.
Connections in the News
To read more about why Paul started the Connections program, see:
- Taking Mentoring to the Next Level
- CV volunteer starts mentoring program
- Westchester Exec Starts New Program To Help Disadvantaged Teens