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Why the #IfIDieInPoliceCustody Hashtag is Wake-Up Call For Mentoring: Three ways Mentoring can Become More Critical Now

My most recent piece published in The Chronicle of Evidence Based Mentoring. Please check it out! As youth mentoring continues to evolve, in both research and practice, a critical understanding of race must become more central to the work. There are three ways that youth mentoring researchers and practitioners can work to make mentoring more critical right now. Read Full Article Here…

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Critical Mentoring: A Definition and Agenda

In 2005, Sanchez and Colon-Torres explained that: ‚ÄúDespite 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…