Four Things To Avoid In Mentorship Programs For Black Youth

This factsheet was created by YouthREX.


This factsheet was developed by summarizing a review of research literature on mentoring Black youth.  


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  • Avoid taking a deficits-based approach: As mentors often belong to privileged groups, and youth often come from marginalized communities, taking a deficits-based approach that focuses exclusively on lack and dysfunction can worsen existing inequalities.
  • Don't have high volunteer turnover: Benefits to youth can be jeopardized when relationships with volunteer mentors end prematurely. Not having systematic standards for training and supporting volunteer mentors will likely create difficulties in retaining mentors. Implement supports to prevent losing volunteers.

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