CPNYC’s mentoring program, Project DREAM (Directing Realities through Exposure, Access & Mentoring), provides children of imprisoned parents, ages 8-18, with one-to-one matches with screened and trained mentors, as part of the agency’s larger mission to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.

In many cases, the mentor is the first adult to take an interest in the child’s personal aspirations, providing them with access to new experiences and information, exposure to educational and career exploration and providing a new perspective on their futures and reaching their fullest potential.

Project DREAM offers mentoring matches the opportunity to participate in trips and activities which build the mentoring relationship. Mentor matches meet a minimum of one hour per week where mentors and their mentees enjoy activities such as career explorations, museum trips, recreational activities, tutoring, and community service projects.
Each mentor receives extensive training and support from CPNYC staff to promote the success of the mentoring match and to ensure that the match will be sustained for at least 12 months.

To become a mentor contact:
Danyeil Shepherd, Mentor Program Associate



-Be at least 18 years of age
-Reside in the New York City/New Jersey area
-Complete the screening process
-Adhere to all Project DREAM policies and procedures
-Agree to a one-year commitment to the match
-Commit to spending a minimum of 4-8 hours a month with mentee


-Feeling of pride and accomplishment
-Use professional experience to inspire a young person
-Meet other professionals outside your industry
-Invest in the future of your community

Project DREAM’s Winter/Spring Mentor Training Dates:

Ayanna & Isiah

Wednesday January 8, 2014

Monday January 27, 2014

Wednesday February 5, 2014

Monday February 24, 2014

Wednesday March 5, 2014

Monday March 24, 2014

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Monday April 21, 2014

All trainings are 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Online mentoring applications are available here.
Or you can apply by contacting:
Danyeil Shepherd, Mentor Program Associate at

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