Future Ties runs a mentorship program for 50 eighth graders who attend the Dulles School of Excellence, which is located near Parkway Gardens. Participants are referred by teachers, school administrators, or Parkway Gardens staff due to truancy and poor behavior. Mentors are recruited from the Future Ties staff, residents of Parkway Gardens, and the membership of the nearby Parkway Church. Each student meets with his or her mentor one-on-one for 90 minutes each week and also gathers monthly with all of the program participants and his or her individual group.
Students work with their mentors on a variety of topics, including goal setting, study skills, job training, and career planning. As a supplement to the one-on-one meetings with their mentors, participants will also attend expeditionary learning field trips on weekends to explore Chicago and put their skills to use. Students are also employed as counselors for Future Ties’s summer camp, where they have the opportunity to serve as positive role models for younger children.