Mentoring Males of Color

Reality Check Mentoring Inc. focuses on uplifting and building young males of color to one day become strong-minded influential men in society.

  • A potential factor to consider in reaching Black male youth is recruiting Black men to serve as mentors in order to provide Black boys with successful models from their community. Two needs assessments were conducted to understand the barriers for African-American men serving as volunteers in youth mentoring programs. In a survey study of 576 African-American men across the United States, only 7% reported that they were involved with formal mentoring programs.

          (http://www.urbanyouth.org/docs/AfricanAmericanMalePerspectivesOnMentoring_08.pdf)

  • A longitudinal study of the informal mentoring relationships of 354 rural African-American high school seniors found that mentoring relationships with more instrumental and emotional support and affectively positive interactions predicted less anger, rule-breaking behavior, and aggression in youth about one year later.(http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10464-011-9425-2)