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 dialogue 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.
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.
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.
Many young people are exposed to violence and traumatic events in their childhoods, but they’re often not equipped to process these experiences. While mentors are not mental health professionals, they do have the unique opportunity to open a supportive dialogue with young people that affirms their experiences, fosters a sense of safety, and helps them cope with their emotions. In an effort to help programs foster healthy mentoring relationships throughout traumatic experiences, MENTOR developed a guide in collaboration with the Mental Health Association (MHA) of New York and with generous support from JPMorgan Chase. Join this webinar as panelists review the guide, titled “Supporting Young People in the Wake of Violence and Exposure to Traumatic Events,” and discuss how they’ve adopted its principles into The Fellowship Initiative mentoring program.
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!
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.
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.
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.