Walltown Aspiring Youth (WAY) is a cohort-based mentoring program for middle school youth from the Walltown neighborhood of Durham, North Carolina. The WAY seeks to integrate a holistic view of personal development–physical, social, academic, and spiritual–with a holistic view of community development–providing basic needs, empowering young leaders, connecting resources, and bridging institutions. Our mentors live in the neighborhood and split their time between activities with the kids and maintaining connections with the guardians, teachers, coaches, and other mentors in the kids’ lives.