My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors Initiative

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My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Success Mentors Initiative

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Education and the Everyone Graduates Center to support the 30 MBK Success Mentors districts implementing the My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors Initiative. Using an evidence-based and data-driven mentoring model and student support system to tackle chronic absenteeism, this campaign calls on schools to take strategic actions to reduce rates of chronic absenteeism among their students.

Resources for MBK Success Mentors Schools and Districts

The following MENTOR resources and tools have been created or collected specifically for districts and schools implementing a Success Mentors strategy.

Resources for District and School Coordinators: Getting Started
  • Need help recruiting mentors from your community? The Mentoring Connector is the only national database of mentoring programs and is a free volunteer referral service. This zip-code searchable database allows mentors near you to find your program. Click here to learn more about the Mentoring Connector or to register your program.
  • No-cost technical assistance (TA) from an experienced mentoring TA provider can help you get started and make your program the best it can be. The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) is a program of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and is managed by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. The NMRC provides no-cost training and technical assistance to mentoring programs to help them meet quality standards and implement evidence-based and best practices for mentoring. Click here to request no cost technical assistance for your program. Need help? Watch the below video and use this template request.
Resources for School Coordinators: Supporting Students and their Mentors

Guide to Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color

This Guide, created by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, serves as a supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring and includes additional recommended practices focusing on boys and young men of color.

Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series (CMWS)

The CMWS is a free webinar series funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through the National Mentoring Resource Center and facilitated in partnership with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Join us for a new webinar each month focused on strengthening mentoring practice, sharing new resources, and helping the field put research into practice. Register for our upcoming webinar, held on the third Thursday of each month, or view past webinars here.

Talking it Through: Communication Skills for Mentors

This interactive online training is designed to support mentors who have been matched for a while and are encountering various challenges as their mentees open up and the relationship grows.

Wellness Mentoring Circles for Young People: A Guide for Facilitators and Mentors

This resource, provided by Concerned Black Men National’s CARES Mentoring Movement, was originally designed for use in their Wellness Mentoring Circles. It offers groups of young people an opportunity to learn about important aspects of their development, reflect on their experiences with the world around them, and receive support from peers and mentors that can promote healthy behaviors, problem-solving, and general well-being.

Resources for Mentors:

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Webinar Series

This free webinar series was developed by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to provide best practices for designing effective mentoring services for boys and young men of color.

Module 1: Know Thyself – Must Know Me to Build an Effective We

This virtual training provides a foundational look at race and privilege as it relates to the mentoring relationship. The training will give mentors and mentoring programs some processes and tools that allow for reflection into potential biases that may limit success of the mentoring relationship for boys and young men of color.

Module 2: Getting to Know You – Let Me Meet You Where You Are

This virtual training provides focuses on the boy or young man in the mentoring relationship and discusses the importance of social capital and racial identity.

Growth Mindset for Mentors Toolkit

These engaging modules provide information and activities for mentors to help them cultivate a mindset of growth and learning in their mentees.

K-12 Journey Map

This tool is intended to help youth and mentors track important milestones as youth make the journey from school to post-secondary education and career planning.

Tools for Mentoring Adolescents

This series of 10 fact sheets for mentors reviews many critical topics related to mentoring youth across the adolescent years.

Young Men’s Initiative Activity Catalogue

This guide features fun and thought-provoking games, art projects, theatre skits and role plays, and other one-on-one or group activities to do with your mentee one-on-one or in groups.

For more tools and resources to support your mentoring program, visit the OJJDP National Mentoring Resource Center.