- Mentors and students are asked to make a 3-year commitment — with pairs meeting in the student’s sophomore year and continuing through graduation.
- Mentor student pairs meet one-on-one with a goal of spending four hours together every month. Pairs are invited to participate in planned programming but are also encouraged to meet independently.
- The High School of Art and Design is a specialty high school where students are accepted after submitting a portfolio prior to their freshman year. Teachers and guidance counselors encourage students that are especially driven and talented to participate.
- Students often ask their mentors for guidance on portfolios, class projects and college applications.
- Programing caters to an interest in the arts by planning events such as portfolio reviews, project based workshops and an intensive end of the year project lead by a designer or design organization.
- End of the year projects have partnered with designers and organizations such as Michael Bierut, James Vicotre, The Green Patriot Poster project and World Studio. In 2009, World Studio procured donated space from Viacom on a digital billboard in Times Square where 5 student winners had their work shown for 1 month.
- The programming for the 2011-12 school year included a gallery show in the East Village in collaboration with Green Patriot Poster Project, an Etsy workshop and an end of the year party at Museum of Art and Design (MAD).
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