In striving to reduce racial achievement gaps, schools and youth development programs are increasingly turning to youth mentoring programs. But how to ensure success? Here, accomplished educators Graig Meyer and George Noblit reveal how one such program challenged institutional racism and eliminated persistent achievement disparities in a local school system that boasts a national reputation for excellence. The authors share personal lessons, strategic guidance, and detailed practical advice for education and community leaders seeking to create successful youth mentoring programs. Their story, backed by research, offers real-world perspective on the important work of challenging systemic racism in schools. Meyer and Noblit demonstrate how mentoring and advocacy come together in a strengths-based program that boosts academic success and post-secondary enrollment for youth of color, while also creating change to benefit all students in a school system.
Mentoring & Coaching Monthly review (PDF) of More Than a Mentoring Program (Perspectives on Mentoring)
“As a former K–12 administrator, this book provides a framework of hope in addressing some fundamental root causes of achievement gaps within marginalized student groups. Talking about racism is uncomfortable and one that most educators would rather ignore and not discuss so it will just go away. This mentality of if we don’t discuss it then it must not exist. The book More Than a Mentoring Program: Attacking Institutional Racism forces the reader to realize that refusing to address policies and procedures that perpetuate systemic racism is the problem.”
“More Than a Mentoring Program: Attacking Institutional Racism is an important contribution to the field of effective youth mentoring and student advocacy. The book illuminates the need to engage researchers, higher education, K-12 administrators, teachers, and parents in challenging conversations about race, racial identity, and institutional racism to improve our educational system.”
~ Reviewed By Aneta H. Walker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, University of West Florida