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We know that creating a powerful relationship between a mentor and mentee is based on many factors, including shared interests, life experiences and the ability to relate to each other. Research has shown that commonalities in racial and ethnic background can be a central ingredient in forming mentoring bonds. At the same time, youth mentoring programs tell Mass Mentoring Partnership that recruiting mentors of color is critically important - and a major challenge.
The latest research from Mass Mentoring Counts, the biennial survey of youth mentoring, shows that of the 30,000+ youth in Massachusetts between the ages of 6 and 24 who have mentors, more than 75 percent are Latino or African-American, while 70 percent of current mentors are Caucasian.
Mass Mentoring Partnership's Mentors of Color campaign, launched in 2009 with seed funding from the Fieldstone Foundation, specifically targets the increased recruitment of mentors of color and the enhanced cultural competency of mentoring programs.
For questions about the campaign, please contact Shauna Greene, manager of training and technical assistance, at sgreene (at) massmentors (dot) org or 617.695.2436.
Official campaign program partners:
Main office: 105 Chauncy St., Ste. 300 Boston, MA 02111
P: 617.695.1200 or 1.866.MASS.MENTOR (1.866.627.7636)
Western MA: c/o United Way of Pioneer Valley
1441 Main St., Ste. 147 Springfield, MA 01103
info (at) massmentors (dot) org / Directions