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Leadership Academy Mentor Program

Mont Lawn City Camp's Leadership AcademyMont Lawn City Camp's Leadership Academy is a youth program that provides adult mentors for at-risk youth age 13-16 in New York City. 

Developed in response to the challenges faced by tens of thousands of youth who live in communities where many - if not the majority of the population - live below the poverty line, where education is inferior and they are surrounded by an environment that seeks to crush their vast potential, our programs for children meet these challenges head-on through the Leadership Academy.

Founded in 2005, this youth program is based foundational principles of connecting youth to God, a caring adult, a positive peer group and quality education as the means to help youth become academically accomplished, morally grounded leaders in their schools, families and communities.  Learn more about how we measure success of our youth programs.

The Leadership Academy matches a caring adult and three to four at-risk teenagers (aged 13-16) in a transformative group mentoring relationship. For the first two years, we offer a structured program of workshops, events and team-building activities that help cultivate that relationship. Mentors commit to meeting with their proteges at least twice a month. Together they complete special projects, volunteer, attend an annual winter retreat at Mont Lawn Camp, and participate in fun activities such as scavenger hunts.

Leadership Academy Mentoring

The latter two years comprise less structured, but more in-depth and personal programming job shadowing, college test preparation, and other activities designed to help proteges focus on developing the skills needed to be successful in college and the workplace.

During the summer break Mont Lawn City Camp continues to engage proteges. Participants have the opportunity to attend Leadership Hill, our adventure-based, leadership development experience at Mont Lawn Camp, as well as Counselors in Training, which prepares a select group of youth for summer counselor positions at Mont Lawn while also developing them into mature and responsible leaders.

Leadership Academy staff and mentors work together to focus “proteges” on discovering the great promise God has instilled them with; building upon positive character traits; and becoming role models in their own right in their families, schools and communities. Currently the Leadership Academy works with 80 teenagers and 25 volunteer mentors and always has room for more.

If you are a teenager who wants to become a morally grounded, academically accomplished leader, find out how to participate in the Leadership Academy today.

Mont Lawn City Camp's program Leadership Academy is helping at-risk youth in New York City break the cycle of poverty, transcend cycles of limited opportunity and develop into morally grounded, academically accomplished leaders of tomorrow. Learn how you can serve as a volunteer adult mentor and make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth.  Your online gift today will make it possible for at-risk youth to attend and participate in the summer retreat program.