Memorial Middle School (MMS) has little support for their 22 Black/African American (B/AA) identified students, who encounter racism and discrimination inside and outside of the academic setting. We developed a mentorship program to provide representation and empowerment to the B/AA students who attend Memorial Middle School. We used the logic model to guide program implementation, performed a literature review, conducted a survey of students' perceptions and experiences, and met with key community stakeholders. The program is based within MMS and is partnered with the local Albany-Corvallis National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The program currently consists of five core team leaders, two mentors, and seven mentees. Characteristics of the program include being youth-centered, culturally tailored, having parental involvement and support, and ensuring mentors are trained and equipped for crucial conversations. The mentorship model incorporates a targeted and historical non-friendship model approach. Meetings will occur twice a month and during the academic school year, the option for a summer bridge program has been discussed. Implications for this program include being expanded to other schools within the Albany School District.
Keywords: Black, African American, adolescence, mentor, mentorship empowerment, representation, racism
Davis, Justin and Fowlkes-Cetz, Marnasha T., "Empowering Black & African American Students Using a Mentorship Program" (2021). Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings. 280.
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