We work with students through mentoring, counseling, and after-school programs to help them overcome obstacles to their education, build connection with staff and peers, and create a vision for themselves that recognizes school as important to their future. We also partner with schools to increase parent engagement and help parents learn skills to support their child’s academic progress.


Our mentors help students who are struggling academically to set goals, re-engage with their classes, and access resources to support their education. Students identify what they want to achieve in their lives, and begin to focus on school work and grades as relevant to achieving their goals.


Our programs strengthen self-esteem and confidence by fostering social-emotional development and pro-social skills. Through mentoring and counseling, we help students identify their strengths and develop strategies for progress in their academic and personal lives. Through our after-school programs, our staff works with students to find their talent and passion and helps them build mastery in their areas of interest.




P2L’s programs have been developed in NYC public school classrooms for some of its most at-risk students. Curricula are research-based and grounded in social work, child development, and social-emotional development theory. Our after-school curriculum has been evaluated and successfully implemented in over 100 schools over the past 10 years and students have consistently shown improvement in pro-social skills, attendance, and school attachment. RISE has also demonstrated increased school attachment and attendance, as well as credit accumulation for program participants. Click here to learn more about our program outcomes.

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P2L paves bold paths to bright futures for at-risk students by building skills, broadening opportunities, and empowering students and families to make positive choices. We do this through partnering with NYC schools to improve climate, train teachers, and support students and their families academically and social-emotionally.

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Schools, parents, individuals and communities are all stakeholders in children’s education. As a parent, principal, teacher, community business owner, sponsor, or volunteer, we would love to partner with you in working to improve the educational lives of our students. Contact us to learn more about the many ways you can help.

Too often we underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Leo Buscagi

I was able to be open with my mentor about my life because he was open with my and accepted me for who I am.

RISE Mentee

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