Group Mentoring

We love our mentors…

student-athlete

These mentees are being supported by long time mentors, as well as new 4C trained group mentors. The new mentors are University of Washington student-athlete mentors!

Group Mentoring

Group Mentoring is a new program for the 4C Coalition that is based upon a familiar idea. We believe the group dynamic will help address the shortage of male mentors — an unavoidable result of our firm and necessary policy that the one-one-one mentoring relationship be gender matched between mentor and mentee.

We fear the tragic consequences for society when insufficient numbers of men sign up for the mentorship role, while a large number of youth boys await mentors. Particularly when the wait exceeds a youth’s ability to hang on and resist other influences.

We must address these critical issues:

  • A disproportionate number of youth we serve are African American males who more readily form a trusting bond with African American mentors.
  • Despite our targeted effort to recruit African American men as mentors, few men volunteer to mentor our at-risk youth.
  • Adults who volunteer as mentors appear statistically in this numeric order (highest to lowest):
    1. White women
    2. Women of color
    3. White men
    4. Men of color

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