Monday, October 13, 2014 (New York City): Mentoring USA is thrilled to announce a generous grant from the Black Enterprise B.R.I.D.G.E. Foundation. The funds will assist Mentoring USA in the following critical areas:

  • Increasing the capacity and expanding Mentoring USA’s male mentoring initiatives in Philadelphia and Newark, NJ
  • Providing additional training, technical assistance and ongoing support to site coordinators, mentors and mentees
  • Recruiting, screening and training male mentors to serve 40 additional mentees total in both program sites
  • Increasing the rate of grade level matriculation among male mentees participating in existing cities (Newark and Philadelphia)
  • Increasing the rate of participation of male mentors, mentees and fathers participating in the mentoring initiative (including expansion of peer mentoring).

“Mentoring USA is proud and honored to be the recipient of such a prestigious grant to increase the quality and quantity of male mentoring for the young people in our one-to-one, site-based mentoring programs,” stated Stephen Powell, Executive Director of Mentoring USA. “There is a significant need for quality mentors for underserved Black males, and Mentoring USA and the Black Enterprise B.R.I.D.G.E Foundation hope to fill this gap.”

For more information on Mentoring USA’s initiatives around Young Men of Color, click here.

About Mentoring USA

Mentoring USA’s mission is to create positive and supportive mentor relationships for youth ages 7-21, through a structured site-based model. Mentoring USA believes that the presence of a caring adult in a young person’s life increases self-esteem, strengthens relationships with peers and adults, improves academic performance and attendance, and helps combat school drop-out. Research increasingly indicates that children who succeed, despite often enormous personal, economic or social obstacles, do so because of caring, competent adults who believe in them. Mentoring outcomes are reciprocal: mentors attest to enhanced self image and self esteem, fulfilling expression of personal values and accrue cultural capital and a diverse perspective.

About The Black Enterprise B.R.I.D.G.E. Foundation (B.R.I.D.G.E. Foundation) for the Advancement of Black Males

The Black Enterprise B.R.I.D.G.E. Foundation (B.R.I.D.G.E. Foundation) for the Advancement of Black Males was founded in 2006 to broaden and maximize the scope of opportunities available to underserved Black males, ages 18 and under, in the United States. We exist to help: Build futures, Realize dreams, Inspire excellence, Develop achievers, Grow leaders and Expand minds. For more information see