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ERIC Number: ED359312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Minority Male Mentoring in the 1990s: A Practitioner's Experience. Project Report.
Watson, Andre
Some of the main issues surrounding the operation of mentoring programs for minority youth are outlined and illustrated through the example of the Male Youth Project, a church-based program in Washington, D.C. Screening, orienting, and rewarding mentors are aspects of program operation that are fundamental. Other issues include the youth to mentor ratio, the question of time commitment, and program costs. Where to have the program, how to involve parents, and the question of matching mentors by race are other aspects that cannot be ignored. The Male Youth Project aims to assist young men in their transition from boyhood to manhood. Youth are grouped into teams by age, and each team is headed by a mentor. This approach solves the problem of too many youth and too few mentors. The links between the mentoring program and the church, parents, and community are a major source of strength. The Male Youth Project also features a biannual rites of passage ceremony for youths who have turned 13 years of age. A subsequent Manhood Training Program emphasizes physical, mental, and spiritual tasks to be completed with the assistance and encouragement of the mentor. Well-designed and carefully implemented mentoring programs can be effective in meeting the needs of disadvantaged black male youths. (SLD)
Publications Office, Urban Institute, P.O. Box 7273, Department C, Washington, DC 20044.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.