Top Ten Good Practices For Mentorship Programs For Black Youth

This factsheet was created by YouthREX.

The term ‘youth mentorship’ describes a supportive, caring relationship between a young person and a non-parental adult that makes a significant positive difference for both youth and mentor. This factsheet was developed by summarizing a review of research literature on mentoring Black youth.  

Here's a sneak peek at some of the good practices you can find in this factsheet:

  1. Long-Term Relationships: Research shows that as relationships between mentors and youth continue for longer periods, outcomes for youth are strengthened. Relationship duration should be a significant consideration in planning a mentorship program.
  2. Regular Contact: If mentors and youth only meet occasionally, the mentoring relationship may suffer. Mentorship programs should ensure that youth and mentors meet regularly to strengthen youth’s sense of security and closeness.


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