Each week throughout National Mentoring Month, Mentoring USA is highlighting one program site where mentors serve as positive adult role models for youth in New York City.

This week’s featured program site is the Stanley M. Isaacs Community Center, a major multi-service social service agency founded in 1964 in the settlement house tradition. Their mission, in working with the poor, the isolated, and disconnected of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and abilities, is to promote social and physical well-being and encourage growth, self-reliance, and dignity throughout every stage of life.

Mentoring USA works closely with the youth services and partners with the Isaacs Center Beacon Program located at PS 198. This program offers a variety of services in a positive, healthy atmosphere for both youth and their families.

Mentoring USA’s partnership with the Beacon program started more than 10 years ago, and has since expanded to provide more mentors to youth within the community. Mentoring USA thanks Esther Grant-Walker, Program Director of School Age Childcare, for her continued support of the mentoring program. We also appreciate all the hard work to recruit mentees and session facilitation provided by Amanda Flores, the Site Supervisor. Each year, Amanda coordinates the scavenger hunt (a favorite activity of both mentees and mentors); she manages to add a new level of difficulty with each hunt. Due to Esther and Amanda’s commitment to mentoring, Mentoring USA and the Beacon program have expanded to bring mentors not only to the middle school students, but also the elementary students.