The Arches program connects young adults to mentors with similar life experience in their own neighborhoods. This transformative mentoring program focuses on high-risk young people age 16 to 24 who struggle to overcome the thinking patterns and behaviors that led them to negative and destructive activities in the community.

Changing the Thought Process

The thought processes that may have led to violence or crime in the past can stand in the way of finding a job, finishing school or peacefully resolving conflict today. To counter this harmful thinking, group sessions run in a family-style atmosphere follow an evidenceā€based curriculum that relies on cognitive behavioral principles aimed at self-reflection and changing behavior.

Credible Messengers

Arches mentors are “credible messengers.” Because they often come from similar backgrounds to our clients, they can connect to our young adults and their families in ways others can’t. Mentors facilitate group sessions and are available for intensive support, advice, and guidance outside of the group settings.

Positive Youth Development

Arches is grounded in positive youth development, an approach that emphasizes reaching young adults in their own neighborhoods and building on their strengths. Knowing that each client is different, Arches meets these young people “where they are” on the path to pro-social engagement with others.

Our Arches Partners

We partner with many organizations to match our clients with mentors in their own neighborhoods. We encourage you to learn more about our Arches partners below.

Organization Neighborhood Address
Good Shepherd Services Brooklyn
Bedford Stuyvesant
510 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Good Shepherd Services Brooklyn
East New York
345 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Good Shepherd Services Brooklyn
East New York
692 Blake Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Good Shepherd Services Brooklyn
680 Mother
Gaston Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11212
Health People Bronx
South Bronx
552 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10455
JCCA Bronx
South Bronx
425 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
The Children's Village Bronx
156 West 164th Street
Bronx, NY 10456
Phipps Bronx
1000 Rosedale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472
Center for Justice Innovation Queens
162-04 Tuskegee Airmen Way
Jamaica, NY 11433
Center for Justice Innovation Queens
Far Rockaway
1600 Central Avenue
5th Fl
Queens, NY 11691
Rising Ground Manhattan
East Harlem
317 Lenox Avenue 4th Fl
New York, NY 10027
Youth Justice Network (Formally Friends of Island Academy) Manhattan
63 W. 125th Street 4th Fl
New York, NY 10027
Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub Manhattan
302 W. 124th Street
New York, NY 10027
New York Center for Interpersonal Development Staten Island
340 Bay Street
Staten Island, NY 10306