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:
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.
Mentors can speak or provide workshops/training to vaious youth groups.
Mentors will allow youth to shadow them in the workplace. This is limited to agencies that offer this component.
(MENTOR, 2009; Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller & Rhodes, 2009)
(U.S. Department of Labor, n.d.)