About Torie Weiston-Serdan

Torie Weiston-Serdan is a scholar and practitioner with over 15 years of teaching and youth programming experience. An emerging leader in the youth mentoring field, she wrote Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide, which has become the handbook for culturally sustaining youth work in the discipline. Outside of teaching and research, Weiston-Serdan runs the Youth Mentoring Action Network, a non-profit dedicated to leveraging justice and equity mentoring. Through her community-based work, she mentors Inland Empire youth through high school into college and careers. 

She also works extensively with other community-based organizations in support of their youth advocacy efforts, specializing in training mentors to work with diverse youth populations: i.e. Black, Latinx, LGBTQQ, first-generation college students, and low-income youth.

As a scholar, she examines how marginalized and minoritized youth are served by mentoring and youth development programs. Weiston-Serdan is one of the founding board Members for MENTOR CA and currently serves on the boards of Give Build Share, Big Brothers Big Sisters LGBTQ National Advisory Council, and the Research Board of the National Mentoring Resource Center.


My Latest Projects


Youth Mentoring Action Network

The Youth Mentoring Action Network is re-imagining and re-making youth-led, multigenerational spaces in which healthy dialogue, community-engaged education, and civic engagement create equitable environments for youth to thrive.

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Center for Critical Mentoring and Youth Work

​The Center for Critical Mentoring And Youth Work aims to institutionalize critical mentoring work by housing a collaborative space dedicated to advancing the concept of critical mentoring through training, research, and incident response teams. Founded by Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan, the center engages researchers, youth, and community members in research studies, curriculum creation, evaluation, and training. 

weiston@yman.org  |  909-908-1153