Critical Youth Mentorship Strategies and Best Practices

  • Critical Youth Mentorship Strategies and Best Practices

    Posted by Lidia on January 21, 2022 at 10:26 am

    How can we expand our understandings of youth mentorship in ways that centre the strengths and voices of young people, promote intergenerational and multidirectional learning, and advance social justice?

    Dive into this topic in our upcoming teach-in featuring keynotes by Dr. Jean Rhodes and Larissa Crawford, panels of youth programs sharing critical mentorship practices, and spoken word performances. We’ll be co-hosting the talk with MENTOR Canada in celebration of National Mentoring Month. Join us in this two-part event and explore inclusive, equitable, and meaningful approaches to youth mentorship.

    Date: Jan 31 | 11am-3:30pm


    Kathe replied 2 years, 5 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Kathe

    February 18, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    I’m so excited to share the recordings from our Teach-In on January 31st!

    You can watch part 1 and part 2, featuring presentations and spoken word performances, as well as access all related resources. 🖥 📣 📚 ❤

    Also, be sure to check out the awesome visual notes created during each of the keynotes by Jean Rhodes and Larissa Crawford! 🖍

    Do you have resources to share on critical youth mentorship? Let us know — we’d love to add more to our Featured Collection. 😎

  • Kathe

    January 28, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to our Critical Youth Mentorship Teach-In on Monday. (Haven’t registered yet? No worries! You can still sign-up online.)

    Get to know our amazing keynote speakers, Dr. Jean Rhodes and Larissa Crawford, before the event.

    In this blogpost (from The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring), Jean explores mentoring in the context of inequality, injustice, and a global pandemic: “As long as mentors can generalize their concern for their one mentee to a concern for children in similar situations, programs have an important role in both bridging gaps in mental health services and catalyzing authentic action and reform.”

    And in this video (produced by FLARE), Larissa discusses the importance of having mentors that look like you: “I was at a ceremony and it was told to me by an Anishinaabe woman to approach mentorship relationships by first figuring out what you could do for them. And when I first started offering before asking anything, that’s when I started establishing the most meaningful long-term mentorship relationships that I got.”

    Jean, Larissa, and youth programs from across Ontario will be sharing their critical youth mentorship strategies and best practices. What are yours? We’d love to hear from you!

  • Lidia

    January 24, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    “To build a good mentoring relationship, just work on getting to know one another.”

    In a Q&A with former YouthREX Coop student and NOISE alumnae (2012 – 2013), Maria Gabriela Umana-Peraza reflects on her experiences of mentoring within the NOISE program, and how it emphasized multidirectional learning and accountability among all participants. You can read the full blog post here:

    I appreciated how Maria illustrated the need for a mentor to affirm their young mentee, in order to prove the mentor is in it for the long-run and invested in their success as well as their challenges. I also resonated with Maria’s response to what she learned from younger youth:

    Youth want people to look up to and be comfortable with. Youth want people to trust and know they can count on you when they are down because of a situation that they may be experiencing at such a young age.”

    This furthers show how relationship building with youth constitutes a dynamic approach built on empathy, respect and structure. In a recent study by MENTOR Canada, they outline the best strategies and practices for mentorship. According to this study, it’s best not to walk into the relationship wanting to change or “improve” your mentee as a
    person. Make sure to follow your mentee’s lead throughout
    your time together, but especially as you set the
    tone for your new relationship.

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