Mentoring programs are indispensable part of a developing community or locality. A. Ehrenzweig, trained lawyer and psychologist very aptly puts it “Every student deserves to be treated as a potential genius.”
In the town of Newark, NJ one of the mentoring programs is called “Above The Rim, Inc.” Above The Rim is an acronym for Active Bodies Opposed to Violence Experience Truly Healthy Environments for Real Intelligent Minds. The organization aims “to create innovative programs that are culturally relevant and provide an opportunity for youth to develop social skills and receive academic assistance while nurturing their athletic abilities.” According to Dominique Gordon, who has been with Above The Rim, Inc. for five years, their organization focuses on “recreational and enrichment programs servicing at risk youth from Newark and surrounding areas”.
Most of the participants of this program are young men. Their current programs are, Above the Rim Summer Camp, the year round Above the Rim Coach Mentor Program, and the Annual Above the Rim Basketball Tournament. The Above the Rim Coach Mentor program allows boy’s and girl’s to team up with a caring adults to learn about team and character building, nutrition, and anti violence to name a few topics.
The hours of operation for Above The Rim, Inc. are Monday through Sunday 9:00 am to 9:00pm and it is located on 23 Elizabeth Avenue, Newark, NJ 07108(map). To sign up for the mentoring program call 973.732.0519 or learn more about the organization visit www.abovetheriminc.org.