‘What they see is what they will be…’

Research through community engagement forums proves that there is a dire need to build up mentorship supports that are culturally-focused and delivered through an anti-Black racism lens to improve outcomes for Black children and youth. Research indicates racialized youth are less likely to have natural mentors, and are in greater need of formal mentoring programs (Jarjoura, 2013). It also notes a correlation between culturally focused mentoring and positive racial identity, and better academic, psychosocial and health outcomes for Black adolescents (Rivas-Drake,2014). It is from this finding that the ‘Because…what they see is what they will be! Mentorship program has been developed.

This is a regionally-specific, culturally-relevant and locally-developed bilingual mentorship initiative for Black children and youth in targeted communities. The program will engage black youth and their families and black community leaders to mentor black youth over a period of a year. The project will be carried out in 5 phases in the 13 cities of Niagara Region.

For Mentor or Mentee sign up details: Please contact shauna@toesniagara.ca

Funded by: Canadian Heritage