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Black History Now: Black LGBTQ+ Aiding In The Resistance

Black people for centuries have said if you want something done, you have to do it yourself. While many Black LGBTQ+voices continue to be targeted and silenced in popular queer spaces, some have made it their life’s work to follow in the footsteps of those who have come before us. By speaking truth to power, these Black LGBTQ+ activists are reminding us that the only way we are ever going to be fully liberated is by making the personal, political.

What Mentors Can Do in the Wake of #Charlottesville

Our young people are taking notice. They are acutely aware of these events and others like them and are having their own discussions and taking their own actions. As we do our mentoring work, we must consider that many of the young people we serve come from communities targeted by the white supremacists who marched on Friday. Some of them attend schools like the one these white supremacists marched through, they may have even been in the crowd of anti-racist protesters mowed down by one of their cars or they were watching President Trump mince his words when speaking about the incident. 

JAY Z's 4:44 is a Mentoring Album and Here is Why

Yeah, I said it, 4:44 is a mentoring album and here is why... It does not take very long into the album before listeners realize that there is a maturity in JAY Z’s tone. 

Mentoring in Trump's America

Dr. Noelle Hurd, Dr. Bernadette Sanchez, and Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan

We are delighted to present this important piece by our colleagues, Professors Noelle Hurd, Bernadette Sanchez, & Torie Weiston-Serdan. They offer a clear and compelling perspective on the social and political context of mentoring in today’s world along with three excellent recommendations for mentors and programs to more effectively work with marginalized youth.

The Chronicle of Evidencd Based Mentoring

Critical Mentoring Is Critical to College Success


To develop the concept of “critical mentoring,” Southern California-based Youth Mentoring Action Network is partnering with Mentor: the National Mentoring Partnership, Summer Search, Amped Strategies, and others. Last week I spoke with Torie Weiston-Serdan, Ph.D., YMAN’s executive director, to find out more.

Black Enterprise Magazine

Critiquing the Anti-Blackness in Mentoring

Co-Written with Arash Daneshzadeh

Mentoring rhetoric has reached a fever pitch since the Obama administration launched its My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative. Increased funding for on-the-ground programs supporting and implementing versions of the initiative has meant that the mentoring and youth development market finds it particularly appealing to pander to communities of color. ​

Diverse Issues in Higher Education

5 Things Every Mentor Needs to Know About Working with Black Youth

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Book Reviews

"Critical Mentoring is a savory blend of theories, thoughtful concepts, and evidence. Perhaps its practical utility is the book’s most praiseworthy feature. Readers learn not only what this unique brand of mentoring is, but also how to more effectively develop and support youth, particularly those who are often pushed to the margins.".


Professor and Executive Director University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education

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