Drug & Crime Free Youth Foundation

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Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Teenage Girls

Youth Academic Mentoring Program

Mind and Power Unlimited is a youth academic mentoring program in the Greater Los Angeles area and operates under the auspices of our parent organization, DCFYF. In an effort to further expand its scope of service, we implemented a system of addressing substance abuse and crime with a combination of preventative programs.

Mind and Power Unlimited is a community-based mentor program designed to prevent substance abuse, teen pregnancy, crime, high school dropouts, and gang activity among adolescents ages 12 to 17 with an inclusive support system comprised of mentor teams, academic tutors, and parents/guardians. We can no longer expect the inner-city public school system with its depleted resources and flagging commitment to education to meet the demands of college or the high technological work world alone. Our objective is to help these young adults realize their academic potential while offering a positive definition of manhood and womanhood.


Mentoring programs can address a myriad of issues impacting the lives of adolescents today, including building supportive friendships, providing access to vital resources, and exposing youth to opportunities that have life-enhancing possibilities. Mentoring occurs through a caring, one-on-one relationship between a concerned adult and a youth. A mentor is not a replacement for a parent, relative, teacher, or school guidance counselor but a supplement to these relationships. The mentoring experience can improve the social chances of an adolescent with economic and educational disadvantages by giving them resources they otherwise might not have.



In addition to the one-on-one mentoring component, Mind and Power Unlimited incorporates three fundamental components that are designed to foster academic achievement, raise self-esteem, and strengthen family and peer relations. These components are:

Tutoring - Monday through Friday between 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., the students report to the program center for group and individual intensive tutorials in English, Spanish, math, and science. Special emphasis is placed on SAT preparation, writing techniques, and critical analysis skills. The tutors are graduate and undergraduate students from UCLA and USC.

Enrichment Workshops - On Friday of each week, the program hosts a guest lecturer on contemporary issues for students, parents, and mentors. Career planning workshops are also held at this time.

Team Leadership/Outdoor Adventure - Every 8 to 10 weeks, the students and mentors participate in an outdoor adventure and team leadership field trip or community service project.