The Leake & Watts Mentoring Program

Dedicated to helping all youth succeed, Leake & Watts provides intensive support to many teens with social and emotional difficulties, behavioral challenges, academic deficits and mental health diagnoses.  Our goal is to equip each teen with coping strategies, academic tools and emotional support that empower them to succeed.

The Leake & Watts Mentoring Program provides quality mentors to teens between the ages of 12 and 21 who are enrolled at our Residential Treatment Center, and plays a vital role in the progress and success of our teens. Mentoring provides our teens with the opportunity to engage in a one-to-one relationship with members of the community. Our Mentors are volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, from college students to local business owners and corporate professionals. They act as an additional source of support beyond parents, family members and social workers, and they provide guidance, support and exposure to new opportunities and ideas as our teens transition to adulthood.

Mentors help teens build self-confidence by encouraging them to try new educational, artistic and job-related opportunities that will prepare them for the workforce, set career goals, and start taking steps to achieve those goals.  Research shows that when an at-risk teen receives this kind of support from a caring adult for an extended period of time, their chances of being a successful, productive adult significantly increase. Teens in our Mentoring Program share that their mentors have been positive role models, motivating and inspiring them to make good choices, and have helped them move forward with their academic goals.

Want to Get Involved?

Leake & Watts Mentors are asked to commit to the following:

  • A full year of mentoring a youth one-on-one.
  • Spending a minimum of 6 to 8 hours per month with his/her mentee, generally on a bi-weekly basis.

If you are interested in learning more about the Leake & Watts Mentoring Program, please contact our Mentoring Coordinator Jack Toone at 914.375.8794 or jtoone@leakeandwatts.org.