StreetWise Partners’ goal is to leverage mentorship to increase employment opportunities for adults from overlooked and under-resourced communities within New York, Washington, D.C. and Detroit. StreetWise Partners pairs volunteers with mentees who are unemployed or underemployed to provide them with the skills, resources and access to networks they need to secure and maintain employment.
Our program annually serves 400 mentees through the support of 50+ corporations and 1,500 volunteers. Since our inception in 1997, StreetWise Partners has transformed the lives of 7,000 job seekers through the support of 12,000 volunteers.
Our mentees are:
- Unemployed or underemployed men and women ages 18+ from historically overlooked and under-resourced communities in New York City, Washington D.C., and Detroit.
- High School or High School Equivalent/GED graduates with basic hard skills training and/or college.
- Individuals facing limitations and challenges spanning work, education, access to professional networks, and role models and unstable housing.