Arches is a group mentoring program that helps justice-involved young adults ages 16-24 transform the attitudes and behaviors that led to their criminal activity. Arches is designed to help participants get out of the criminal justice system by strengthening their attachment to education, work, and community.

The core components of Arches include:

  • A group process where the members become an important support system for each other
  • A curriculum delivered by culturally appropriate mentors
  • A setting that incorporates positive values, principles and practices.

Arches participants gain a better understanding of personal responsibility and enhance their social skills, which in turn improves peer relationships, self-esteem, and problem-solving skills. Arches also connects participants to educational, vocational, and therapeutic programs, as necessary. 

ARCHES participants receive:

  • Educational enhancement opportunities
  • Job readiness skills
  • Hot meals
  • Trips
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Earn up to $800 in stipends over the course of 6 months

Sotomayor Houses Community Center
1000 Rosedale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472

For more information about Arches, contact Willie Thomas at 917.243.7004 or

About Phipps Neighborhoods

Phipps Neighborhoods helps children, youth, and families in low-income communities rise above poverty. We work in South Bronx neighborhoods where we can address the greatest barriers to lasting success through workforce and education programs, and access to community and economic empowerment resources.

We’re dedicated to our neighborhoods for the long term, supporting individuals and families as they establish self-sufficiency. Our services create opportunities for people to thrive in every aspect of their lives.