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Summer Search at the National Mentoring Summit

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As we wrap up National Mentoring Month, we recently sent our very own Sandra LaFleur, Vice President of Program, to the 2016 National Mentoring Summit. Here is what she learned, in her own words: This year, the national mentoring “movement” is recognizing its 25th anniversary. This milestone is very special to me personally, because my own career in youth… Continue reading Summer Search at the National Mentoring Summit

Recent Thoughts About Black Death, Black Love, white Supremacy and the Fight…

  It’s not too late. I know we’ve lost a lot of battles, a lot of beautiful boys a lot of beautiful girls. It might seem as if we can no longer fight, as if “imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy” has won and maybe, for right now, it has. Maybe it has won this particular battle, in this particular place, in this particular time, but … Continue reading Recent Thoughts About Black Death, Black Love, white Supremacy and the Fight…

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Intersectionality and Mentoring LGBTQ Youth of Color: What I Learned

Coming of age in a society that often has limited options for young people is already quite complex, but coming of age in that same society as a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ) youth of color can be even more so. Mentors for these youth must work to respond to the challenges they face. The concept of intersectionality, a concept coined by Kimberle … Continue reading Intersectionality and Mentoring LGBTQ Youth of Color: What I Learned

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Creating a Culturally Relevant Mentoring Program for Girls of Color

Not too long ago, my colleagues and I created a mentoring program, called GirlPOWER!, for African American and Latina early adolescent girls. Our goal was to ensure that the program was gender specific as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate. We created the program in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters Metropolitan Chicago, and our team was a racially/ethnically diverse group of mostly women. More … Continue reading Creating a Culturally Relevant Mentoring Program for Girls of Color

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Mentor LGBTQ Youth, They Are the New Pride

My wife and I are educators working at the same school. On a daily basis we navigate micro-aggressions in the workplace; unwillingness to use our married name, discomfort when addressing us publicly, and lack of congratulations for milestones typically only recognized for heterosexual couples. It can be a challenge working in that kind of environment, and sometimes it takes a toll on us, but working … Continue reading Mentor LGBTQ Youth, They Are the New Pride

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How to “Do” Critical Mentoring: Making your Program More Culturally Relevant

If mentoring programs want to continue doing work and receiving funding to do work in minoritized and marginalized communities, they must begin to make their work more critical, must make the basis of their work true and transformational, for the sake of your youth. Read Full Article Here… Continue reading How to “Do” Critical Mentoring: Making your Program More Culturally Relevant

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The Difference Between Giving Access and Preparing for Access: How Schools are Failing Students of Color

The issue at hand has to do with how we view access. If access is simply defined as opening a door in order to allow someone to travel through to college, then secondary schools are more than meeting their goals. However, if access is defined as ensuring that students are prepared to meet the demands of higher education and of a future career, then scondary … Continue reading The Difference Between Giving Access and Preparing for Access: How Schools are Failing Students of Color

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Why We Need Critical Mentoring in Ferguson, New York, Baltimore and Everywhere Black People Are

We need critical mentors in schools, we need critical mentors in communities, we need critical mentors in churches, we need critical mentors in corporations, we need critical mentors in law offices and courts, and we need them connected to our youth. We need critical mentors everywhere Black people are. Read the full article here… Continue reading Why We Need Critical Mentoring in Ferguson, New York, Baltimore and Everywhere Black People Are

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Young Lives Matter

”I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled …”      Jonathan Swift Rhetoric around both the literal and abstract concept of “lives” has inundated most Americans via mass media in the last year. Since … Continue reading Young Lives Matter