One of the aspects of the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate model that deepens program impact beyond traditional mentoring is the use of advocacy. BRMA trains mentors and parents to advocate together. Their primary advocacy is focused on working with teachers and other school staff to help the mentee succeed in school. Parents and mentors may also advocate for community support or change. Perhaps the most important aspect of the advocacy role is that it binds mentors and parents together, which can require support to help build and maintain a collaborative relationship.

There are two videos associated with this workshop that you can view online:
http://bit.ly/BRMAvideo
http://bit.ly/AdvocacyVideo

Handouts to train mentors for their role as an advocate:

 

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