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 can fill out the mentor application form or contact Evan Fleming or Ambree Meek for more information.
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.
Watch this video below to see how Scott was impacted by mentoring through the One Heart Project:
This video explains the purpose and mission of One Heart and a mentee shares about the impact it had on her:
Staff and Faculty Associates
Staff and Faculty Associates will commit to speaking, educating, and sharing their story with the One Heart adolescent cohort one time per semester. Speakers will embody the nine core traits of the One Heart curriculum: commitment, leadership, perseverance, teamwork, respect, integrity, responsibility, self-control, and compassion. The Staff or Faculty Associate that speaks each week will strive to share stories that embody and exemplify the character trait being taught that week. Staff and Faculty Associates will become familiar with the One Heart Project’s goals and outcomes.
Faculty fellows will commit to building juvenile recidivism or prison reform into their research agenda for the academic year. Faculty Fellows’ research will inform policy change and help end the prison cycle.
Community Associates will commit to speaking, educating, and sharing their story with the One Heart adolescent cohort one time per semester. Speakers will be community members such as business owners, coaches, teachers, first responders, politicians, formerly incarcerated individuals, and other influential leaders in our community. Community Associates will embody the nine core traits of the One Heart curriculum: commitment, leadership, perseverance, teamwork, respect, integrity, responsibility, self-control, and compassion. Community Associates that speak each week will strive to share stories that embody and exemplify the character trait being taught. Community Associates will become familiar with the One Heart Project’s goals and further project outcomes.
If you would like more information on one of the above roles, please email email@example.com.