The Youth Mentoring Action Network was founded in 2007 with the mission of leveraging the power of mentoring to create a more equitable and just society for young people. Founded by two veteran educators who understood the importance of making solid connections with young people, they recognized that young people were at their best when their voices were heard and they felt fully supported. With those foundational elements in place, the youth they mentored thrived: graduating from high school on time, going off to college, and staying in college once they got there. The organization centered culturally relevant practices and coined the term and process of Critical Mentoring: concepts to help youth thrive and as a result of their success have become a national leader for mentor training that specializes in the culturally relevant and critical application of mentoring and youth development.
The Center for Critical Mentoring And Youth Work aims to institutionalize critical mentoring work by housing a collaborative space dedicated to advancing the concept of critical mentoring through training, research, and incident response teams. Housed by the Youth Mentoring Action Network and overseen by CEO Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan, the center engages researchers, youth and community members in research studies, curriculum creation, evaluation, and training.
Goals and Objectives:
Provide critical and culturally relevant mentoring training for those working within mentoring programs, schools, higher education programs, etc.
Study and develop the concept of critical mentoring
Shift the paradigm in mentoring to include critical and culturally relevant models