Ready to Achieve Mentoring

Posted: April 18, 2012 by ERCPCP Blogger in Uncategorized

The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP)TM is a high-tech, career-focused mentoring program for youth involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system.  RAMPTM is an evidence-based nationwide model, which promotes healthy community relationships, by connecting youth to active community members, employers, educators and training programs.  DC RAMPTM held its kick off on February 15, 2012, enrolling 18 youth between the ages of 14-17 from New Beginnings.  Youth in levels 1-3, who are 18 and under, with at least one year left on their commitment were chosen to participate in weekly career-preparation focused group meetings, peer supported goal setting and one-to-one mentoring.

The first mentor training was held on March 19th; with mentors from Children, Children, Children, the Alliance of Concerned Men, Just Understanding My Priorities (J.U.M.P), Life Deeds and the Young Male Achievement Program (Y-Map) present. Once trained, this enthusiastic group immediately joined the weekly sessions on Friday, March 23, 2012; working with youth to develop and implement Individualized Mentoring Plans (IMP), which provide detailed information on each youth’s goals and plan for the future. These extended support systems that are created through the relationships RAMPTM facilitates, propel participants onto the career paths they desire. The impact this program has on its participants is evident early on, as one youth’s comment just six weeks into mentoring explained, “RAMPTM is helping me learn more about becoming an auto-mechanic. It also helped me choose to stay away from negativity, and get to my next level [in the DC Model]”.

Listed below are some of the areas youth will focus on in RAMP during their time at New Beginnings:

  • Workplace soft skills
  • Building resume-writing and interviewing skills
  • Taking advantage of group and personal leadership opportunities
  • Assessment and exploration of their career interest
  • Developing a plan and setting goals for their transition
  • Creating a resource map of their community’s high-tech industries
  • Designing and building a high-tech-related team project
  • Interacting with employers and experiencing a variety of work settings

By Jasmine Barber

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