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Resilient Young Minds

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


1361 East 83 StBrooklyn, NY 11236 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Resilient Young Minds (RYM) Incorporated is a 501c3 non-profit organization in Brooklyn that aims to cultivate the minds of at risk youth into resilient ones. Throughout the mentoring year, which starts in September and ends in June, RYM works towards a goal of enhancing the ability of adolescents to achieve self-efficacy despite difficult or traumatic experiences. It is in RYM's mission to invest time and resources in youth within Brooklyn, working with them to build upon their personal, social, and professional resilience; therefore, providing the opportunity for positive growth and nurturing their ability to achieve their goals, raise their standards of living, and overcome their personal and academic insecurities through mentor advisement, peer support groups, development workshops and enrichment. RYM promotes the development of healthy young minds, bodies and souls.

RYM is committed to igniting the potential of mentees; therefore positioning them for long term success and to be future leaders in the community. RYM principal program is its annual Youth Empowerment Seminar Academy which is provided to 10-30 youth all inclusive and free of charge. Participants are selected from a pool of applicants to attend a 3-5 day ( 1 weekend and 3 check-up days) intensive character and self-esteem building workshop including physical, mental and social activities. The purpose of YES Academy is to remove "troubled" youth from their usual environment into one that is peaceful and safe and will empower youth to face their internal conflicts, begin the process to overcome them and convert their trauma into a motivational tool to achieve their professional goals. All youth participants are provided a mentor to serve as their personal resilience coach for the course of the mentoring year.

In addition to the above, the list below, is a sample of the services that are provided to each mentee annually free of charge
- Overnight bus trip to the African American Museum in Washington D.C
- Development Workshops
- Bonding Events
- Peer/ Team mentoring
- 80 hours per year of formal one on one mentorship (10 hours per month)
Educational support
Scholarships for graduating seniors


An ideal mentor of RYM should be able to
Be respected as an experienced and successful professional in the organization
Support the organization's mission, vision, and goals
Stay accessible, committed, and engaged during the length of the program
Listen well
Offer encouragement through genuine positive reinforcement
Be a positive role model
Share "lessons learned" from their own experiences
Be a resource and a sounding board
Commit a minimum of 10 hours monthly to mentee


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