My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Webinar Series

Webinars and Virtual Trainings

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership has partnered with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to provide some high-level technical assistance around best practices for designing effective mentoring services for boys and young men of color. Technical assistance will be delivered through:

• Online webinars for program staff and virtual trainings that can give both staff and mentors key ideas
• Opportunities to dialog with leaders on these topics
• A guidebook that summarizes research- and practitioner-informed practices for program quality
• Other actionable tools and materials

Webinars are free and online. Use the links below to register or view past webinars.

Upcoming Webinars and Virtual Trainings

Please check back soon for more information about upcoming webinars and trainings.

Past Webinars and Virtual Trainings

Module 1: Knowing Thyself – Must Know ME to Build an Effective WE

Facilitated by Steve Vassor
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.

Resources:

 Recognizing Microagressions and the Messages They Send
 Implicit Association Test (Race IAT)
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Facilitated by Steve Vassor
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.

Resources:

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Getting Results for Our Youth: Evaluating Programs for Continuous Improvement (November 2016)

Panelists:
  • Nancy Deutsch, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia
  • Samuel McQuillin, Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina

Youth-serving organizations work tirelessly to provide young people with high-quality services, yet there are often unforeseen obstacles and challenges that prevent a program from maximizing its potential. Evaluations bring forth vital information on how a program can improve operations so it’s running at peak efficiency and providing the best possible services to its young people. Join this webinar as panelists delve into the different types and purposes of evaluations. Our panelists will discuss how to make evaluations more culturally competent, tips on implementation, and 12 key evaluation considerations. The year-end is a great opportunity to assess your program’s service delivery and make changes for the New Year, so we hope you’ll join us!

 Presentation Slides

 Additional Resources

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This webinar discusses best practices for designing effective mentoring services for boys and young men of color. Bernadette Sanchez, PhD, a thought leader on mentoring as it intersects with race and ethnicity, and Torie Weiston, PhD, a mentoring researcher whose Critical Mentoring work emphasizes on the value of mentoring as a consciousness-raising social justice intervention, will discuss their contributions to MENTOR’s recently released Guide to Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color, and will answer participants’ questions about the application of their research to real-world mentoring challenges.

Two mentoring practitioners will also serve as panelists to discuss and answer questions about their efforts to serve boys and young men of color effectively in the field. Tommy McClam, seasoned mentoring practitioner and Deputy Director of Open Buffalo, will discuss lessons learned about delivering high-quality mentoring programming for boys and young men of color throughout his career. Diego Romero of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City will discuss grassroots efforts to mobilize support for mentoring in New York City’s African American, Latino, and Asian American communities.

Resources:

 Presentation Slides
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Presented by Michael Garringer and Brian Sales, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Review of the standard areas of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Fourth Edition with an emphasis on specific tips and strategies for serving boys and men of color boys effectively.

Resources:

 Presentation Slides
 Black Male Mentoring Handbook
 Men in Mentoring Toolkit
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Overview of Mentoring Boys and Men of Color and Pathways to the Mentoring Effect (January 2016)

Panelists
  • Steve Vassor, AMPED Strategies
  • Michael Garringer, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Resources:

 Presentation Slides
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Cultural and Class Conflicts in Mentor-Mentee Matches (December 2015)

Panelists
  • Brian Sales, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
  • Desiree Robertson, Memphis Grizzlies TEAM UP
  • Pamila Gant, Mentoring Works Washington

Far too many of us are uncomfortable discussing race, culture and class. Responding to conflict of “cultural and class tension” can be challenging for even the most experienced professional, but lack of discussion can negatively impact how mentoring programs recruit, support and engage mentees and mentors. Practitioners and researchers believe that this “cultural and class tension” can be attributed to lack of proper screening, inadequate cultural competency training, deficit thinking by the mentor, and unwitting micro-aggressions that play out during the match. Listen to Desiree Robertson, Manager of the Team Up Youth Mentoring Partnership, and Pamela Gant, Outreach Officer of Mentoring Works Washington, as they provide an overview of research on race, culture and class in mentoring matches and discuss cultural competency training approaches for programs.

Resources:

 Example of Activities - Part 1
 Example of Activities - Part 2
 Diversity Discussion Starters
 Webliography
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