I'RAISE Girls & Boys International Organization

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


3640 White Plains RoadBronx, NY 10467 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

I'RAISE Big Brother Big Sister Mentoring program provides three types of mentoring programs: individualized mentoring, group mentoring and school mentoring.
Our individualized Mentoring programs offers customized one on one mentoring services to referred youth ages 5-18 in New York City area. This program runs all year long and includes a individual service plan for the child. Mentors in this program are trained in clinical skills and handling children from varying backgrounds. This program suits the needs of all children varying from low to high needs. Children undergo match process before being assigned mentor.

Group mentoring is offered to small group of 15 youth per group ages 10-16 years for 12 weeks. Trained facilitator facilitates groups based on set curriculum. Topic discussed include: peer pressure, self-esteem, etiquette, dating & healthy relationships, sex education offered to teens. This program is typically hosted in a community center.

Our Virtual Mentor program provides one one mentoring to children in NYC impacted by COVID-19, ages 4-18 years old. Mentors provide weekly online support to children, helping them to adjust to social distancing and remote learning.

Our virtual mentor program also provides online activity classes including visual and performing arts, yoga, dance and music.

Our virtual mentor program also provides one on one tutoring to students in grades Prek-12th grade who are experiencing challenges with remote learning and/or subjects.

School Mentoring is a clinical school based mentoring model which works in a integrative team of Social Workers, school personnel, Program Director and Administrator. School Mentors develop customized mentee plans to help student implement during the school day. In addition, School Mentors facilitate group mentoring sessions in school setting.


To become a mentor, you must meet the following:
* Be at least 21 years of age or a college student
* At least one year of experience working with youth
* Dedicated passion and commitment for working with youth
ii. Mentor Screening
Mentors are recruited from variety of sources including colleges, religious groups, volunteer websites. Our mentors come from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds including social work, teaching, business, and criminal justice. In order to ensure quality of service, mentors undergo a careful yet simple screening process. The following are the requirements of mentors in order to be recruited.
* Phone Conference
* Volunteer Application
* NYS Fingerprint
* Reference Check
* Sex Offender Registry
* Online Mentor Orientation

For more information on applying to become a mentor please contact Sidra Soomro via email at s.soomro@iraiseinc.org


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