A new program in Brooklyn links up mentors with minority students.

Members of the community helped kick off the Eagle Academy Mentoring Program Saturday in East New York.

As part of the program, nine Brooklyn middle schools will pair up 6th grade male students with positive role models, most are Eagle Academy students and alumni.

The goal is to empower the students in and out of the classroom.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the newly appointed Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza spoke at the event.

"If you intervene and provide these support systems. You're able to change the ideology these students have about who they are and where they belong in society," said Carranza.

The mentoring program lasts for three years to support students through their time in middle school.