Mentoring USA offers many solutions to help young men of color get caring, adult mentors in their lives. Programs where Mentoring USA is a Lead Partner include:

MEN-TOUR: Recruit, Reclaim, Restore

  • MEN-TOUR is a comprehensive training, screening and capacity building effort that focuses on male mentor recruitment, faith-based engagement, fatherhood capacity building and peer mentoring program development.
  • Thanks to a generous grant from the Open Society Foundation – Campaign for Black Male Achievement – Mentoring USA was able to launch MEN-TOUR in Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA and Chicago, IL.

For more information, contact spowell@mentoringusa.org

The Young Men’s Initiative

  • Mentoring USA is a strong partner of The Young Men’s Initiative, New York City’s comprehensive effort to address disparities between young African American and Latino men and their peers.
  • The initiative, which targets policy and agency practice reform, as well as piloting new programmatic interventions, is a three-year, $127 million partnership between the City, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Open Society Foundations, with more than half of the funds invested coming from philanthropy.

For more information, contact spowell@mentoringusa.org

Mentoring For R.E.A.L (Resilience, Education, Attendance and Leadership)

  • Mentoring USA has partnered with the NYC Inter-agency Task Force on Truancy, Chronis Absenteeism: The Young Men’s Initiative; and the NYC Department of Education to ensure young men will have the necessary support needed to succeed in school and the resources to make positive life decisions via this wrap-around mentoring initiative, Mentoring for R.E.A.L)
  • Mentoring for R.E.A.L provides school-based and community-based mentoring to black and Latino male high school students who have had contact with the juvenile justice system, have previous school suspensions or at risk of school suspensions.

For more information, contact spowell@mentoringusa.org

My Brother’s Keeper

  • President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.
  • Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.
  • Mentoring USA, through support from the Open Society Foundation Campaign for Black Male Achievement, has been working diligently to create positive pipelines for young men of color throughout the US prior to the launch of this initiative, and is proud to be a direct-service partner in support of the My Brother’s Keeper mentoring call-to-action.

For more information, contact spowell@mentoringusa.org

Areas of Focus

Mentoring USA has two main areas of focus when we conduct Mentoring Sessions:

Social Justice Focus

  • Faith-based engagement and supporting Returning Citizens
  • Understanding Constitutional Rights, Voting Rights and The Prison Profit System
  • Managing Stress via healing circles and accountability partners (w/National CARES Mentoring Movement)
  • Paying it Forward: Financial Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Success

Sensitivity Focus

  • Conflict resolution and anti-bullying
  • My Brother’s Keeper: Peer-to-Peer mentoring
  • How to recruit male mentors of color
  • Fatherhood capacity building
  • Labeling and the Power of Words

What Can You Do Now?

Learn About Our Other Programs

General Mentoring

Our mentors volunteer in several categories, including General Mentoring, Foster Care, LGBT Youth, and Workplace Mentoring. Read on to learn about our programs:

Through our Career Days and Workplace Mentoring program, young people receive guidance and mentoring through structured activities, job shadowing, skills-based mentoring, and educational initiatives. Learn more.
Our Financial Education Initiative helps young people learn more about financial basics and navigate the fundamentals of personal finance, and encourages personal financial responsibility. Learn more.
This core program component focuses on improving mentees’ self-efficacy, combatting school dropout, and helping mentees make the connection between their current school experience and the outcomes they can achieve later in life. Learn more.
This program focuses on developing good exercise habits, nutrition and healthy lifestyles knowledge and awareness, and improved self-esteem. Learn more.
One of the most impactful ways mentors can influence mentees is by modeling positive behaviors that help them learn to respect themselves and others. Learn more.