Blueprint58 is a community based mentoring program in the Adair Park and Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Southwest Atlanta. Our program matches fourth grade students in our neighborhood with Christian mentors. Here at Blueprint58, we take on a different definition of mentoring; we believe that both our students and mentors have much to learn from each other. Mentoring for Blueprint58 is about sparking mutually transformational relationships in the hopes that our mentors and students learn and grow together. Our mission is to empower youth to grow into community leaders through mutually transformational relationships.
Mentors at Blueprint58 complete an application process that includes an online application, reference submissions, an interview with our Mentor Coordinator, and a background check. Our hope is that mentoring relationships become organic and spending time together becomes second nature, but we do ask that our mentors abide by a few guidelines. Mentors must meet with their mentee at least twice a month and spend at least 4 hours a month together. Our mentors must also attend one on-going training per year, complete a yearly background check, and log monthly hours.
To support and encourage successful mentor relationships we provide mentor events, resources for local happenings, and opportunities for mentors to fellowship with one another. Some of our program events this year will include quarterly events for mentors and their students, a trip to summer camp, back to school bash, and holiday festivities!
Blueprint58 began with the understanding that relationships are imperative in order to make lasting social change. In society, mentoring has been defined as a relationship in which one party of greater status and education bestows knowledge and wisdom to another party of lesser status. All too often in our neighborhood this definition has manifested itself as a relationship in which people come in with their own ideas and attempt to teach and change our community. This definition of mentoring has left our community hurt. It has taken our neighborhood’s dignity, overlooked and belittled the beautiful heritage and culture in our community, and made families in our neighborhood feel like projects instead of people.
This is not what we believe mentoring should look like. Our definition of mentoring does not involve one party with more knowledge to bestow, but rather two parties that have much to learn from each other. Mentoring here at Blueprint58 is mutual. We believe that strong relationships change lives and communities, especially when these relationships are built upon mutual trust and respect.
Through the relationships we have formed, we have met some exceptional people and seen such beauty and strength in our community. Our mentors and staff are not here to “fix” or “solve” any problems that this community faces, or to be the revolutionaries that spread change in this community. Our mission is to be a spark. Our mentors and staff walk alongside the youth and families of our neighborhood in the hopes that their relationships will encourage and empower the assets that already reside in the community.
- In 2017, 41.5% of 8th graders achieved Proficient Learner or above on Milestones Mathematics assessment.
- In 2017, 50.1% of 8th graders in Fulton County achieved Proficient Learner or above on Milestones English Language Arts assessment.
- In 2015, 19% of children in Georgia lived in households that were food insecure at some point during the year (465,000 children)
- Georgia ranks 42nd out of 50 in child well-being.
- Georgia ranks 44th out of 50 in economic well-being.
- Georgia ranks 41st out of 50 in the category of family and community support.
- “Concentrated poverty puts whole neighborhoods at risk. Residents of high-poverty neighborhoods face worse health outcomes, higher rates of crime and violence, poor-performing schools and limited access to networks and job opportunities. “
We are in need of mentors who will commit to spending at least two years building a relationship with a student in our neighborhood. Our hope is that mentors will walk with their students all the way through high school. The time commitment is (4) hours a month.
Mentors must be Christian adults who are at least 21 years of age. Because we are committed to the safety of our students, mentors will complete an application and interview, send in references, complete a background check and attend ongoing trainings.
** If you want to get involved and have ideas on ways to help -- E-mail Madi.
- We could use tickets to events around Atlanta for Mentors and Students to enjoy.
- We need financial support to continue to support the work we do.
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