The Mentoring Arlington Youth ( MAY ) Program was created to serve all young students in the 7th and 8th grades . This 12-month program offers interactive workshops on leadership , team building , education and career development , and giving back to the community .
The program seeks to foster one-on-one relationships between youth and positive adult role models to enhance confidence by supporting academic achievement , increasing social and cultural awareness and promoting personal development .
The MAY Program
The MAY program was born from the African proverb “ it takes a village to raise a child .”
A group of police officers stepped forward to help guide and support the village under the leadership of the MAY Program Director Deputy Chief Tarrick McGuire .
The City of Arlington Municipal Court and Arlington Independent School District signed on as strategic partners in this effort with funding support from the Arlington Police Foundation .
Through collaborations with business leaders , adult mentors and the faith-based community within the village , the MAY Program seeks to cultivate an environment that monitors , mentors , and motivates .
The MAY program serves both male and female at-risk students as identified by the school , and has received international awards and recognition by the C . O . P . S . Office with the Anthony L . Sutin Civic Imagination Award .