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<p><i>Power of Us</i><br/>
<i>March 26, 2021, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM</i><br/>
<i>Virtual Event via Youtube<br></p>
Our Mentorship Program builds students’ confidence, helps them navigate challenges inside and outside school, and prepares them for college and careers. Since the pandemic hit, our mentors have provided close to 17,000 hours of mentoring sessions and over 1,200 parent meetings, to nearly 2,000 students across Sacramento, Yolo, and Stockton counties.
“My experience as a mentor has really changed my life and it has changed the lives of others."
– Keishaun Turner, College Academy Graduate and Mentor
IYT’s intentional integration of practices, content, intervention, and support services promote the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of young men of color. With weekly virtual hangouts, we’ve created safe spaces for students to gather and benefit from the social aspects they’d be getting from in-person schooling.
“IYT really gives me a strong sense of belonging and the reassurance that I’ll be able to go for whatever I want to and I’ll always have people supporting me.”
Nazar Adam , Valley High School
While college students are unable to return to campus, expenses that come with college life–like books, food, and technology–are still a reality for many. To help IYT college students buy the materials they need to stay healthy and successful in school, we provide mini grants up to $500 to support costs associated with college. Since the start of this program, we’ve given away over $20,000 to support students' college success.
Our voucher and food access program began when our co-founder, Micheal Lynch, received a call from a mother of four asking for help purchasing milk, eggs, and bread. “We knew we needed to pivot to meet the essential needs of our students and families,” he states. As a response, we mobilized our staff, community leaders, and school partners to help deliver hundreds of meals, snacks, school supplies, and clothing to students across our region. Now, we’re gearing up to serve even more students and families in need.
As technology access becomes an even more essential part of succeeding in school during the pandemic, IYT provided laptops and reliable internet connection to students and mentors. Since our Technology Access Program launch last spring, IYT has provided Chromebooks, wifi, and hotspots.
A nation in which men of color are overrepresented in higher education, underrepresented in the criminal justice system, and leaders in their communities.