We love our mentors…
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 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