Experts Panel



During the COVID-19 Pandemic, MENTOR New York began a virtual panel series to address the need for programs to
consider and implement intentional strategies for wellness. 


Supporting Immigrant Youth In A Time Of COVID-19 And Racial Injustice

JULY 7 - 1:00PM - 2:00PM

As we continue to work with youth across New York State, understanding immigrant culture and developing cultural proficiencies are key to enabling quality and impactful relationships that better support immigrant youth. During the time of COVID-19 and as we face systems of oppression, many of New York’s immigrant communities continue to experience marginalization and their needs have become more invisible due to lack of support systems.


Join Brenda Jimenez, CEO of MENTOR New York, and May Malik, Deputy Commissioner of External Affairs Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, to discuss some of the key realities immigrant communities in New York are facing, what programs need to be aware of and areas of support they can provide to better serve immigrant youth.


Talking with Black and Brown Youth Amid Racial Injustice

JUNE 10, 2020

Join Brenda Jimenez, Dr. Rolanda L. Ward and Chotsani Williams West as they lead a discussion on how program leaders and youth development professionals can have an impactful conversation with the staff, young people and mentors on racial injustice, protests and police brutality.


  •  Dr. Rolanda L. Ward, Ph.D., MSW, MDiv, Associate Professor of Social Work, Niagara University, Endowed Faculty Director, Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality, and Mission

  • Chotsani Williams West, MA, Executive Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Adelphi University



  • Brenda Jimenez, CEO, MENTOR New York



Creating Spaces for Wellness for Our Youth

JUNE 9, 2020 

During this panel, Cicy George will present ideas and information on how youth development and mentoring programs can create spaces for wellness and instill self-care practices with the youth they serve.



  • Cicy George, Program Manager, HR Organizational Development, Northwell Health 



  • Brenda Jimenez, CEO, MENTOR New York



Nurturing the Mental Health of Our Young People

MAY 20, 2020 

Join us in our panel discussion where Dr. Roshnee Vázquez Barrett and Dr. Mariel Buqué will provide insight on how to navigate our own personal wellness, embrace our cultural humility and identify the coping language we will need to be the most powerful resource young people can have during this time and into the future.


  • Dr. Roshnee Vázquez Barrett, Psychologist, The Motherhood Center of New York

  • Dr. Mariel Buqué, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Columbia University



  • Brenda Jimenez, CEO, MENTOR New York



An hour never seems to be enough time! To ensure that all audience questions are answered, MENTOR New York created  Mentoring Take Two: a separate, recorded session with each panel's expert presenters to leave no question unanswered. These sessions are not recorded live. Instead, the link to a recording is shared along with a link to the main panel discussion. 

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