The 90-day intensive mentoring program is centered on prevention and/or elimination of the following social issues for participants:
Bullying: Bullying can drastically affect the ability of children to progress academically, emotionally, and socially. Participants learn how to identify bullying while parents learn how to prevent and/or appropriately intervene in instances of bullying.
Criminal behavior: Training sessions discuss factors that lead to criminal behavior before participants take a field trip to state correctional facilities.
Substance abuse: Specialized support is given to the substance abuser to help them understand the negative mental and physical effects of drugs and alcohol.
Family conflict: Parents or legal guardians attend weekly sessions to learn about communication and conflict resolution techniques.
Gang awareness: Both participants and parents are trained to recognize gang paraphernalia, rituals, initiations and social behaviors. Participants cannot be involved with gang activities or associate with known gang members.
Low self-esteem: Sessions are provided in self-evaluation, motivation, and personal development to assist the participant in understanding the underlying personal reason(s) for some of the factors that brought them to the program.
Truancy: In addition to receiving tutoring in areas of academic weakness, participants are required to provide a copy of report cards in order to identify subjects that need immediate attention to prevent a failing grade.
Parent/Legal guardian participation is REQUIRED.
With permission from parents/legal guardians, staff will:
Inspect school records and monitor school incidents in conjunction with educators
Conduct random home visits
Staff are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to implement the program and intervene, if necessary.
After successfully completing the 90-day program, graduates enter an aftercare program. During this time, the program course study and process of responsible decision-making is reinforced. Graduates of the program return as mentors.
OPMAD is a non-profit organization that
is funded by public and corporate donations.
The program enrollment fee is $150.00, the fee includes a shirt and program supplies.