Alexander Aiken, Young Men's Mentor
Alexander Aiken is currently enrolled at John Jay School of Criminal Justice, in 2017 he graduated from Hostos Community College earning his Associates degree in Criminal Justice. As a 2012 graduate of The Doe Fund, Alex found his passion in education and helping the less fortunate. He was offered a position as Housing Specialist/Intake Specialist, since then Alex began working at Rikers Island. Most of his clients have no experience dealing with life on life’s terms. Alexander assists with obtaining credit scores, managing their monies and provide assistance with background checks.
Being able to work with young men has been an honor and privilege for him; it has also been humbling to be entrusted with their most intimate secrets and be able to provide them with information on how to successfully complete the Ready, Willing and Able program. Alexander believes that mentorship has been a crucial part of his life. He believes that mentorship can be provided by many including close family members such as an uncle, aunt or close friend.
Mentorship requires a person with a warm heart, kind soul and sympathetic ear. Alexander continues to be guided by his mentor Terrance Coffie. In 2013, based on his mentors suggestion he enrolled at Hostos Community College; where he will be graduating in 2017 with a degree in Criminal Justice. This fall he looks enroll at John Jay Community College and further his education in Criminal Justice. Alexander is looking forward to taking taking the LSAT (the Law School Admissions Test) and applying to law schools in New York.
He proudly says that since 2012 every decision he has made has been done in collaboration with his mentor. "I value his advice." Alexander says.