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.
Community Engaged Education and Social Change
Community-engaged education bridges the divide between academia (PK–16) and activism by exploring how schools and communities can partner with one another for mutual benefit. The Master of Arts program in Community-Engaged Education & Social Change trains educators who understand the critical intersections across learning, teaching, and local community.