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The Youth Mentoring Action Network Partners with Summer Search, Amped Strategies and Mentor on a CGI Commitment and it Soars

                                        Six Big Ideas to Watch at CGI America 2016 Continue reading The Youth Mentoring Action Network Partners with Summer Search, Amped Strategies and Mentor on a CGI Commitment and it Soars

MENTOR Releases Guide to Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color

It was an honor to work with noted researchers on this guide! Please check it out! Source: MENTOR Releases Guide to Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color Also, see the webinar that brings together a panel of experts to discuss best practices for mentoring boys and young men of Color. Continue reading MENTOR Releases Guide to Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color

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Committing to Action at CGI America

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We recently sent our very own Sandra LaFleur, Vice President of Program, to the Clinton Global Initiative America 2016 (CGI America). Here is what she learned, in her own words. #GuestPost Last week, I had the privilege of representing Summer Search as I joined more than 1,000 leaders in business, philanthropy, government and nonprofits at the sixth annual CGI… Continue reading Committing to Action at CGI America

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A Call for Researchers and Practitioners: Mentoring Utilizing Critical and Culturally Relevant Perspectives

“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 (Sanchez, Colon-Torres, Feuer, Roundfield, Berardi, … Continue reading A Call for Researchers and Practitioners: Mentoring Utilizing Critical and Culturally Relevant Perspectives

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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