Mentorship and Leadership Academy


BRIDGEPORT ORGANIZATION for YOUTH SPORTS (BOYS), INC. offers scholars, that have already been identified as at-risk, an opportunity to work with a caring mentor to improve their ability to develop a positive attitude towards their future. The long-term goal of BRIDGEPORT ORGANIZATION for YOUTH SPORTS is to empower the young scholar to break the habits that are leading to trouble poor choices before, during and after in school and in the streets the school day. BOYS, Inc. presently has four mentoring programs. They are as follows:

Trailblazers: Trailblazers is the central program of BRIDGEPORT ORGANIZATION for YOUTH SPORTS. At-risk middle school scholars and their mentors participate in a structured program. At-risk middle school scholars and their mentors participate in and an energizing retreat, followed by a seven-month structured program that includes monthly team-building and group activities. The program ends conclude with a graduation but while the mentor and scholar remain together consistent and regular contact for five months following graduation.

TURNAROUND: Turnaround focuses on scholars who are chronically suspended from elementary and middle schools. The goal of the program is to rekindle the scholar's commitment to learning and being successful in the classroom. By empowering young scholars to finish school, mentors are improving the scholar's success in the work world as adults.

HIGHER GROUND: Higher Ground engages youth involved in the juvenile court system. The mentoring relationship is utilized to establish a program of change in the young scholar's life. The mentor encourages goal-setting, self-discipline, and skill development that improves the young scholar's sense of hopefulness. Mentors and scholar work one-on-one for a year and are also offered opportunities to participate in monthly group activities and outings.

LUNCH FRIENDS: Lunch Friends engages works with scholars from local elementary schools. Adult mentors come to school each week to have lunch with their "friend." The program lasts for the duration of the school year.