One Heart Ministry
One Heart Project: Collegiate Edition
Developed and launched at Baylor University
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 (ESV)
Baylor is excited to partner with the great work already happening with the One Heart Project to create a collegiate model that can be replicated at other universities and institutions of higher education. "The One Heart Project is an activation campaign with the purpose of mobilizing individuals and organizations across America to participate in a movement to impact incarcerated and at-risk youth through two initiatives: 1) a standardized redirection initiative, and 2) a standardized reentry initiative."
Listen to founder Steve Riach on the Carly Fiorina "By Example" Podcast explain how "he recognized the problem, how he began to address it one person at a time, and the One Heart movie inspired by real life events." In the episode, "they discuss the power of community collaboration and emotional intelligence education to change the trajectory of young lives and solve problems within that community."
The Baylor Model of One Heart will focus on peer to peer mentorship utilizing Baylor’s greatest resource-- it's students. Research shows that peer mentorship is an especially advantageous intervention with relatively low commitment and high impact gains.
Student mentors will meet once a week with an incarcerated or at-risk youth to build a meaningful relationship to redirect their lives in a positive way. This pilot mentorship of the Baylor Model will last one full semester beginning in January 2020. Future standard mentorships will last for two semesters (10 months).
Mentors will undergo training from both McLennan County and the One Heart Project including, but not limited to, safety training, implicit and explicit bias coaching, intersectionality and cultural humility training, as well as mentorship and curriculum overviews.
A minimum 10 month commitment (one academic year) would be required of student mentors due to the necessity of consistency in building relationships, especially in this population. Mentors will meet with their mentee weekly at a centralized location in the Waco community (TBA).
Interested students must complete an can fill out the mentor application form. Contact us via e-mail for more information.E-mail One Heart at Baylor
Listen to this episode of The Good Neighbear Podcast to learn a little more about one Baylor student's engagement with the One Heart Project.