Today, employees from Blackstone joined New York Giant Chris Canty and New York City Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott to announce a long-term mentorship program, which will start this academic year. The newly formed partnership ties together mentoring programs developed by The Chris Canty Foundation and the New York City Department of Education. Blackstone employees will act as program mentors.
The Chris Canty Foundation created The Champions Circle Mentoring Program in North Carolina and is expanding it in New York City to expose young adults to positive role models in their community, educational resources, and potential career paths. The program also reinforces the importance of volunteerism and teaches participants the value of giving back to the community. Through classroom learning and field experience, participants and their mentors embark on a journey that greatly impacts and improves their personal growth and development.
Since 1983, The NYC Mentoring Program has connected tens of thousands of high school students with responsible volunteer mentors from local businesses and organizations to help youth navigate a variety of educational, social, and professional situations. Mentors meet with students four hours a month and help students to graduate from high school, and create long-lasting, meaningful relationships.