2013 Youth in Transition
Full Circle Brotherhood
Lead Partner Organization: Latin American Youth Center
Partner Organizations: YMCA Youth and Family Services
Project Description: Full Circle Brotherhood is an innovative project with a multi-generation approach to youth development that links two sets of young men in need of support services. The focus is on young men, ages 16-24, in Montgomery County, who are “disconnected”: those who are not working, have no high school degree, are not enrolled in school and have limited, if any, caring adults in their lives. In turn, these 10 young men are trained as mentors to offer prevention and diversion activities to 15 – 20 younger males with similar backgrounds. Mentorship support is presently offered to middle school aged boys from White Oak Middle School.
Mentor training includes classroom management, effective discipline, working with English as a Second Language (ESL) populations and special needs students, curriculum development, team building, conflict resolution and more.
Mentors meet with mentees regularly to lead workshops, provide homework help, work on community service activities, engage in media projects, and enjoy field trips and sports activities together.
In addition to preparing mentors for future youth development work and job training, the mentors benefit from a variety of wrap-around support services such as GED preparation and on -going case management.
Mentors are primarily selected from the Montgomery County Conservation Corps (MCCC) program which provides older disconnected youth with real work experience and prepares them to be viable candidates for educational and employment opportunities.
Funding: This program is currently in its sixth year of fundng.