School Mentors

NY1 News Shines Spotlight on RHYME Program at PS 105

Thrive Collective’s RHYME program at PS 105Q in Far Rockaway, Queens was recently featured on NY1 News. Reporter Roger Clark interviewed students, Principal Laurie Shapiro and RHYME staff on June 2, and returned three days later for a live segment with Jeremy Del Rio, founder and executive director of Thrive. Three years ago, Thrive Collective…

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Thrive Collective’s Magnificent Mural Makeover at PS 9X

This post was adapted from the March 2023 edition of the Fordham/NYC CSTAC Community Schools Spotlight e-newsletter. A complete mural makeover at P.S. 9 in the Fordham Heights neighborhood of the Bronx has been credited with helping to improve school culture and create a welcoming environment at the school. Partnering with Thrive Collective, P.S. 9 recently…

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NBA All Star Memories with Steph Curry

In 2015, hours before the NBA’s All Star game at Madison Square Garden, Steph Curry surprised a group of Harlem Village Academies students by buying them all new pairs of his signature Under Armour sneakers. They all were Young Life NYC students participating in our flagship School Mentors program on a field trip with one…

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John Del Rio with students

School Mentors Featured in NYC Service PSA

New York City’s new PSA promoting the need for more high school mentors features two of Thrive’s pioneering School Mentors: Jonathan Del Rio (Thrive Collective’s original muse and PS/MS 34 math teacher) and Frederick Castleberry (GQ darling and Harlem Village Academies HS trailblazer). We love sharing our heroes with the rest of the City! HS…

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School Mentors Returns to HVA for Year 3

It’s great to be back! Three years running with School Mentors at Harlem Village Academy High School. The new year kicked off on November 1, 2016 with thirty students and fifteen mentors. Grateful for partners like New Canaan Society and Young Life Central Harlem, who make programs like this one consistently possible. ‹ › ×…

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Video Premier: Create a Brotherhood

Celebrate our flagship School Mentors program at Harlem Village Academies High School. Featuring Young Life NYC and New Canaan Society. Filmed and directed by 96 Pixels Productions. Produced by Jeremy Del Rio.

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Mentors Talk SEX with Teens

You guessed it. Year after year, the topic that ignites the most passion in teen boys remains sex. Since October, twenty-five Young Life boys from Harlem Village Academy High School and eighteen men from New Canaan Society have met on the first and third Tuesday of every month to explore what real manhood looks like…

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Winning at Dave & Busters

Winter Break means students and mentors create memories off campus. For the second consecutive year, our HVA students and mentors enjoyed their vacation at Dave & Busters in Times Square.

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