Established in 2009, Project D.R.E.A.M. (Developing Responsible, Excellent and Awesome Minds) provides one-to-one mentoring to children of incarcerated parents. Mentors take an interest in their mentees aspirations providing them with exposure to new experiences, career exploration and a fresh perspective on their futures.




All CPNYC youth ages 8 to 18 are eligible to take part in Project D.R.E.A.M. Mentors and mentees are matched based on career, academic and personal interests. The relationship lasts a minimum of 12-months, however many mentorships continue for several years.

Mentors and mentees meet for at least 4-hours in-person per month to participate in activities centered around educational advancement, healthy socialization, recreation, cultural experiences and career exploration.

Together, matches discuss various topics, including academic progress, mutual hobbies and goal setting. They also work together on community service projects, career planning and leadership development to advance the student’s critical thinking skills and innate abilities.

SPOTLIGHT: Mentor Matches