School Mentors

Introducing Love Notes

Exclusive Bronx Engagement 8 | 10 | 20 Joker’s wild. Except when that Joker’s crushing your heart into a million little pieces. Join us for Love Notes – in person, or online via Zoom. Contact us for details. “We should love, not fall in love. Because everything that falls gets broken.” – Joker Loading…

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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 Frederick Castleberry (GQ darling and Harlem Village Academies HS trailblazer). We love sharing our heroes with the rest of the City! HS students in our city need…

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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. School Mentors At…

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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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Five Lives: Mentors Overcome Adversity Too

Raul Baez discusses overcoming adversity with the Brotherhood Fellowship Mentoring students at Harlem Village Academy (12/1/15). After a childhood marred by physical and sexual abuse, Raul ran away at thirteen, dropped out of school, began a 25 year drug addiction, and survived four near death experiences. Five years after completing a 12-year prison sentence for attempted murder,…

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Manhood Essentials

The Brotherhood’s third School Mentors session yesterday at Harlem Village Academy included fingerprinting fun for the mentors, and the introduction of our Manhood Essentials core values of the Brotherhood: Reject Passivity Embrace Responsibility Serve Humbly Lead Courageously Love Sacrificially These values frame the goals of the entire program, including group talks, life skills, professional networking, and…

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