MOY was founded by Atrayus Goode in 2006 while he was a student at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Seeing the challenges and struggles faced by underrepresented populations, Goode designed a mentoring program to prepare youth from diverse backgrounds to tackle the world. In MOY, mentor teams are in contact with participating high school students at least eight hours a month. Mentees also participate in college tours, MOY’s Leadership Academy, and MOY’s Summer Enrichment Academy. All of the students in MOY complete community service hours, and enroll in both AP and Honors courses. Currently, MOY has hundreds of participants from across the United States.
MOY saw that by using an online training program, they could ensure that each of their mentors, regardless of location, would receive the same, high quality training that was based on the latest research findings. Mentors would be able to take classes at their own pace, before participating in their in-person, chapter-specific training. MOY found that Mentoring Central’s online courses were a perfect fit for their needs. By making sure that each mentor completes the courses before going to chapter-specific training, MOY can ensure that all of their mentors have completed state-of-the-art training upon entering the program; thus, maximizing the impact of the MOY program and positive outcomes for the students.