MBK members represent the nonprofit, public and private sectors and are engaged in a range of activities to improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color, including direct service, advocacy, providing funding, research, strategic communications and capacity building.

Agencies must be registered with the School District or United Way in order to receive MBK referrals. An agency representative must also attend an orientation. Orientations are designed to:

  1. Identify resources availabled for participating agencies
  2. Provide an overview of the Male Recruitment Challenge
  3. Provide an overview of the goals for MBK, Child and Youth Symposium and Superintendent's Task Force
  4. Provide tips and instructions on how to get started

One-on-One Mentor

Mentors will help young men and boys on an individual basis by being paired with a mentee. Mentors require a criminal background check and must comply with agency policies.

Group Mentor

Mentors can speak or provide workshops/training to vaious youth groups.

Professional Mentor

Mentors will allow youth to shadow them in the workplace. This is limited to agencies that offer this component.

Benefits for the Youth

  • Better Attitude About School
  • Increased High School Graduation Rates
  • Higher College Enrollment Rates and Higher Educational Aspirations
  • Healthier Relationships and Lifestyle Choices
  • Enhanced Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence
  • Improved Interpersonal Skills
  • Improved Behavior in Home and School
  • Stronger Relationships with Parents, Teachers and Peers
  • Decreased Likelihood of Drug and Alcohol Use

(MENTOR, 2009; Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller & Rhodes, 2009)

Benefits for the Mentors

  • Increased Self-Esteem
  • A Sense of Accomplishment
  • Creation of Networks of Volunteers
  • Insight into childhood, adolescence and young adulthood
  • Increased Patience and Improved Supervisory Skills

(U.S. Department of Labor, n.d.)