Multi-Tiered Approarch to Commuinity and Youth Development: Tier 1 Mentoring

Advent Urban Youth Development(AUYD) currently has an umbrella overhead, encompassing numerous programs contributing to holistic youth development and community transformation in Haltom City.

Tier 1: One Beloved Community (1BC)– 1BC is the mentoring component of AUYD. You don’t have to search long through national and local data to find out that risky youth behavior is a direct result of fatherless homes, even the White House has started an initiative to combat this. Mentoring has become a big business, with many wonderful and powerful organizations offering mentoring help to at risk boys and girls.

The name and DNA of the program comes from Martin Luther Kings idea of what he called The Beloved Community, please read more about that here and here.

Yet AUYD believes that most of these programs sometimes require boys and girls to wait to long before a match is found.  Our special niche in the mentoring world is group mentoring and peer to peer mentoring. One man or woman can make a huge impact on not just one child’s life, but many children. Our groups generally start at 5-8 children. We then bring in other caring adults into the group that can be a part of their lives as well.  As the adults in the group grow and are trained we then find leaders that want to take on a new group of children.

Not only does this approach allow for more children to be mentored by an adult, but it allows children to interact in a group setting and depend on that peer community and peer support. The group dynamic is a powerful and challenging task, yet so much can be learned from bringing together children and youth from different neighborhoods and backgrounds.

Our goal is for mentors to stay with their group through high school graduation and for the children, we hope that the group stays together through graduation. Staying together and reinvesting back into the community.

You can see photos of our groups at the One Beloved Community Facebook page.

Ryan M.

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