G.O.A.L. Mentorship Program Celebrates Successful Beginnings
Members of University of Hartford’s G.O.A.L. Program had much to celebrate at a holiday party with UHart employees and community leaders Tuesday, Dec. 21. The young men, who are all from the Hartford area and are between 11 and 16 years old, have successfully completed the first months of the mentorship initiative. G.O.A.L.’s mission is to provide guidance and positive influence in young people’s lives.
The young men, joined by their families, played ping-pong, air hockey, listened to a quartet from the Hartt Community Division, and enjoyed a BBQ meal provided by the University and partners from Aramark. They all received special gifts of basketballs and wireless headphones in the spirit of the holidays.
A Mentoring Program for Hartford
The G.O.A.L. program, which started in September, stems from a proposal that Captain Mike Davis made when he joined the University’s Department of Public Safety. Davis had long wanted to started a mentoring program for at-risk youth in Hartford, but was unable to do so during his career with the Connecticut State Police. Once Davis started at UHart, COO Mark Boxer approved the idea.
UHart COO Mark Boxer, as told to News 8's LaSalle Blanks
It is so core to the mission of what we’re about, which is educating youth and helping to improve lives.
Forming Important Relationships
During weekly group meetings, mentors meet with their mentees to talk about decision making, leadership, career goals, finances, and guest speakers. The program also features trips to local museums, sporting events, career destinations and local colleges and universities.
In November, the group visited the State Capitol and met with Governor Lamont, State Senator Douglas McCrory, and State Representative Robert Sanchez.
All three asked about the program and talked with the kids, passing on their support,” said Captain Davis. “It was a great experience for the kids, all of them enjoyed their time.”
G.O.A.L. sessions resume in January.