The Arches program connects young adults on probation 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 probation.

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 evidence‐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
410 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Good Shepherd Services Brooklyn
East New York
345 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Good Shepherd Services Brooklyn
444 Thomas Boyland Street, Room 204
Brooklyn, NY 11212
Health People, Inc. Bronx
South Bronx
552 Southern Blvd., 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10455
The Osbourne Association Bronx
South Bronx
809 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
The Children's Village Bronx
156 West 164th Street
Bronx, NY 10452
Phipps Neighborhoods Bronx
Soundview/Castle Hill
1000 Rosedale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472
Community Mediation Services Queens
89-64 163rd Street
Jamaica, NY 11432
Sheltering Arms Queens
Far Rockaway
1600 Central Avenue
Queens, NY 11432
Exodus Transitional Community Manhattan
East Harlem
2271 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10035
Friends of Island Manhattan
West Harlem
127 W. 127th Street
New York, NY 10027
Harlem Commonwealth Council, Inc. Manhattan
West Harlem
361 W. 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
New York Center for Interpersonal Development Staten Island 340 Bay Street
Staten Island, NY 10301