#CriticalMentoring

Critical Mentoring: A Definition and Agenda

In 2005, Sanchez and Colon-Torres explained that: “Despite evidence that race and ethnicity plays an important role in mentoring relationships, there are limited research-based guidelines in the practice field regarding how race/ethnicity should be considered. Some of the most important resources in the field, such as Elements of Effective Practice (MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, 2009a), pay little attention to the role of race and ethnicity in mentoring programs. One of the…

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Mentoring for College Access: Are Youth of Color POW’s in PWI’s? (Prisoners of War in Predominately White Institutions)

I’ve been running a college access centered mentoring program since 2007. Which means that since that time I have actively cultivated mentoring relationships with high school youth and acted as an institutional agent with the intention of helping low-income, first generation, and young people of color gain access to higher education institutions. To this end, myself and the mentors within my organization have sent 98% of over 300 young people…

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JOIN US FOR THIS #TWITTERCHAT

Those of us who come face to face with Black youth in our work have to ask ourselves some very important questions about what mentoring really means in this age of racial violence and antagonism. And, once we ask ourselves these tough questions, we must follow with nuanced answers and critical actions. We hope to begin this conversation in a very real and public way on this #TwitterChat. Please join…

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“I Only Want To Fight Over Real Stuff!”

Originally posted on Black&Smart:
I feel like this has been a year filled with fights. The shooting of Michael Brown, Jr., the #Black Lives Matters campaign, the choking death of Eric Garner, the shooting of Tamir Rice, Tony Terrell Robinson, and Walter Scott all have been causes worth fight for. I have been in meetings with Black community leaders, my county District Attorney, grieving mothers, and religious leaders.…

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What Mentors Say When Another Unarmed Black Man is Killed by the Police

I had just finished a phone discussion with a trainer who was looking to provide a training for mentors serving African American males… How apropos for a society so recently filled with Black male success rhetoric; charter schools, boys of color initiatives, my brothers keeper…and then I turn on the news…. Another unarmed Black man shot in cold blood, video captures the dramatic scene, assailant is shot in the back…