In April of 2012, IDM launched the P.E.N. (Positive Exposure Network) Pals Male Mentoring Program. The program mentors young men between the ages 13-18. Our target population is young men from the communities of Roseland, West Pullman, Altgeld Gardens, and other far south communities in Chicago with high rates of crime, gangs, and drugs.
Our purpose is to promote higher education, and prevent juvenile delinquency and truancy through the exposure of positive resources and activities. This is a three (3) month program however we seek to build life-long relationships.
P.E.N. Pals meets weekly via Zoom which is a virtual platform to ensure the safety and protection for all involved. Educational, cultural and recreational filed trips and outings are scheduled monthly by the mentoring team to promote exposure to new and exciting things.