Y-KNOT is a non-profit volunteer-driven community support group providing mentoring programs for middle and high school youth in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The program is designed out of a direct need for the growing number of youth that are struggling in school, facing social issues or heavily entangled in the juvenile court system. Y-KNOT believes that all youth deserve to be supported and nurtured as they mature into adulthood.
Y-KNOT will form partnerships with local schools, the juvenile court system, faith-based organizations, and other community organizations to leverage, train, and link mentors to support youth with academics, social issues, and post high-school goals. Offering positive support through mentoring will possibly awaken purpose in youth and propel them towards a personally satisfying and enriching quality of life.
Y-KNOT’s goal is to empower young individuals to make positive changes in their lives and offer programs that will build trust and safe relationships while providing tools to create a positive outlook. Program focus is slightly different at each level but the goal remains the same.
Y-KNOT will primarily target at-risk youth who have developed destructive behaviors and lack motivation due to peer pressure, social issues, and lack of support. To restore hope and confidence, young people must be in a caring, nurturing environment that promotes their best effort and reinforces personal respect and accountability to facilitate their transition to adulthood.
Y-KNOT will cultivate a learning environment that will allow young people in search for support to experience leadership and compassion that will change their lives and encourage them to find their passions. Y-KNOT is committed to encourage and enhance the knowledge base of youth regardless of the transition, stage, or phase of life. Healthy relationships promote a sense of individual responsibility and can inspire youth to pursue adulthood with confidence.