RACIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY
As racial injustice perpetuates and remains unchecked in our nation, we at MENTOR New York remain deeply committed to the fight for racial justice and uplifting the voices of Black youth. We stand with the mentoring programs and schools we serve who are supporting their mentors, mentees and their families. As a community, we will come together in the fight for justice.
This page introduces MENTOR New York's New Framework for Increasing Racial Equity within the NY Mentoring Movement, provides resources for programs around racial justice, inclusion and cultural respect as well as recorded events and videos.
INTRODUCING A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR INCREASING RACIAL EQUITY
ABOUT THE FRAMEWORK
Watch the introductory video featuring MENTOR New York's CEO to learn more about the Framework. This Framework can help shape how your school, company or organization identifies ways to increase racial equity and inclusion as you commit to creating anti-racist spaces for young people.
The Framework was created by MENTOR New York with the support of Black leaders in the mentoring movement in NY, local Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experts and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.
MENTOR New York is committed to reviewing our own work and practices to uphold our part of the framework.
HOW CAN YOU GET STARTED?
PARTNER WITH MENTOR NY
To get started, schedule a short consultation meeting with Brenda Jimenez, CEO, to learn about ways that your program can partner with MENTOR New York to utilize the Racial Equity Framework.
FULFILLING OUR COMMITMENT
A core piece of this Racial Justice Framework is MENTOR New York's promise to evaluate its own systems and practices to create a more inclusive and equitable organization with DEI at the center. We are committed to elevating four action pillars within our work:
ELEVATING YOUTH VOICE
New York Youth-Led Advocacy and Mentoring Town Hall
As mentors in New York learn and grow alongside young people, there are many ways that they can support the advocacy and policy interests or passions of their mentees and young people. No matter what the issue or topic, young people have a critical voice and role to play in advocating for positive change. This youth-led conversation on the state of youth advocacy in New York will feature Youth Advocates for Mentoring, a program that trains young leaders on advocacy, policy and organizing, and youth-leaders in the state in conversation with MENTOR New York CEO Brenda Jimenez. They will share their perspectives on youth advocacy, civic engagement, partnering with adults on advocacy and how mentors can support their important work in the state.
Panelists (from left to right): Roxette Burgos, Youth Advocate for Mentoring Diana "Ivette" Maza, Youth Advocate for Mentoring Brenda Jimenez, CEO, MENTOR New York
RESOURCES FOR PROGRAMS AROUND RACE, INCLUSION & CULTURAL RESPECT
MENTOR New York has compiled our key resources that seek to help mentoring programs and mentors better show up for and with young people. Check them out below and stay tuned for new resources over the next few weeks.