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Arches: A Transformative Mentoring Program

Overview: Arches is a group mentoring program that helps justice-involved young adults transform the attitudes and behaviors that led to their criminal activity.

Participant Age: 16-24

Details: Arches is designed is to help probation clients get out of the criminal justice system by strengthening their attachment to education, work and community. The core components of Arches include:

  • A group process where the members become an important support system for each other
  • A curriculum delivered by culturally appropriate mentors
  • A setting that incorporates positive values, principles and practices.

 The group process is central to Arches. It provides an opportunity for the participants to self-examine certain attitudes and behaviors that may be keeping them entangled in the criminal justice system. The mentors are paid for the hours they work, and the participants receive stipends for each group session that they complete.

Arches participants gain a better understanding of personal responsibility and enhance their social skills, which in turn improves peer relationships, self-esteem, and problem-solving skills. Arches also connects participants to educational, vocational, and therapeutic programs, as necessary.

Below is a list of Arches providers:

ARCHES Phase 1

Community District(s) Served

Brooklyn 16
444 Thomas Boyland Street, Suite 302-304
Brooklyn, NY 11212
Brooklyn 3
510 Gates avenue, 1st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Alpha School Center for Progressive Living Brooklyn 5

2400 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11208

Good Shepherd Services Brooklyn 3 862 Park Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Safe Space NYC, Inc. Queens 12 89-74 162nd Street, 3rd Floor
Jamaica, NY 11432
Safe Space NY Queens 14 1600 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Community Mediation Services, Inc. Queens 12 89-64 163rdStreet
Jamaica, NY 11432
Bronx Clergy Criminal Justice Roundtable Bronx 1, 2, 3 199 Lincoln Road
Bronx, NY 10454
Health People Bronx 1, 2, 3 552 Southern Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10455
The Osborne Association Bronx 1, 2, 3 812 Westchester Avenue, 3rd Floor
Bronx, NY 10455
Federation Employment and Guidance Service, Inc. (FEGS) Bronx 1, 2, 3 412-424 East 147th Street
Bronx, NY 10455
Harlem Community Council, Inc. Harlem 9, 10, 11 361 West 125th Street
New York, NY10027
Exodus Transitional Community Harlem 9, 10, 11 2271 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10035
Friends of Island Harlem 9, 10, 11 127 West 127th Street, Rm 127
NYC Mission Society Harlem 9, 10, 11 646 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037


ARCHES Phase 2
Community District(s) Served
Bronx 12
1015 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx, NY 10469
Phipps Community Development Corporation Bronx 9

1680 Seward Avenue
Bronx, NY 10473

The Children's Village Bronx 4, 5 400 East Fordham Road, 6th Floor
Bronx, NY 10458
BronxWorks Bronx 4, 5 1130 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10458
New York Center for Interpersonal Development (YPIS of Staten Island) Staten Island 1 130 Stuyvesant Place, 4th Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301