Blog Entry Culture of Safety, Capacity Building, Youth Development

CBMA Hosts #BMAmentoring Twitter Chat

January is National Mentoring Month, so we decided to host a Twitter Chat to discuss the importance and impact of mentoring on the lives of young black men.  We invited Stephen Powell, Executive Director of Mentoring USA, Dr. Robert Gore, Executive Director of Kings Against Violence Initiative, and Marcel Parent, of the Muhammad Ali Center to share with us their insights and experiences on mentoring.

There were some common themes that arose amongst the panel and larger audience including the role of parents, teachers, and coaches in serving as mentors for youth starting at an early age.  Many also stated that they had become mentors because someone had taken the time to invest time into helping their success, so it was only right that they pay if forward by mentoring others.  Something that really resonated with me from the conversation was the transformative nature of mentoring, not only on the mentee but on the mentor as well.  A mentoring relationship is one of learning and growing, for all involved.  As participant Alexis King stated, “We focus so much on what mentors can teach youth & forget to remind the mentors that they can learn too.”

To read highlights from the #BMAmentoring Twitter chat, please visit our Storify page and share the resource your networks! 

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