Positive Impact Mentoring Program focuses on engaging youth in behavioral change. The goal of the program is to provide youth with positive adult contact to enhance protective factors (ie.positive attitudes, high self-esteem, academic achievement), and reduce risk factors (ie. anxiety, low self-esteem, poor social skills). The program addresses delinquent and negative peer associations, serious school behavior problems, prosocial peer relationships, and self-efficacy. This is provided, through weekly mentoring, by discussing coping strategies as new challenges and issues arise in daily interactions with peers, school, parents, and others in the community.
Positive Impact utilizes the curriculum “Thinking for a Change” to explore effective ways of thinking and decision making. This course is composed of three components: cognitive self-change, social skills, and problem solving skills. Cognitive self-change teaches participants a concrete process for self-reflection aimed at uncovering antisocial thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and beliefs. Social skills instruction prepares participants to engage in pro-social interactions based on self-understanding and consideration of the impact of their actions on others. Problem solving skills integrates the two previous interventions to provide participants with an explicit step-by-step process for addressing challenging and stressful real life situations.
The mentoring program provides a structured, supervised environment for juveniles to learn personal accountability for decisions, build self-esteem, and promote character development, using a blended format of face-to face and e-mentoring. The program is designed to empower youth in high-risk situations to achieve their maximum potential by providing a supportive environment comprised of dedicated mentors. The length of the program is six months, culminating with a graduation ceremony for those who successfully complete the program. Participants meet once weekly and the target population is youth ages 13 to 18.
Date and Time
Wednesdays 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Abundant Life Miracle Center
1901 Garden Street
New Bern, NC 28560
Need More Information?
Please contact Hazel Royal, Community Director at the phone number or email below.
Abundant Life Community Services, Inc. and Craven County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council