February is Black History Month so lets celebrate with our mentees! Showcase to your mentees, no matter their race and ethnicity, all the life changing work Black individuals have done throughout America and globally! Not sure where to find the information you could share? No worries, we’ve listed some great resources on this page!
Here are some ways you can celebrate Black History Month!
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Teach your mentee about the creation of Black History Month! Here are some great facts you can share!
Encourage your high school aged mentees to attend Maryland MENTOR’s youth forum “Real Talk: Maryland High School Students Forum on Race Equity” Wednesday, February 24th at 4pm! This youth-led forum will include a Youth Panel discussing their experiences with racism and inequality, the introduction of terms like “intersectionality” and “systemic power,” and a conversation on what the youth can do in the future to continue the fight so many Black Americans began centuries ago. Register here!
Read Maryland MENTOR’s Executive Director, Sadiq Ali’s, article on 28 different ways you and your mentee can celebrate Black History Month! These great ideas can be useful when figuring out what to do with your mentee throughout the year, not just in February, so make sure to check it out here!
Celebrate youth voices! Watch the videos and read the essays of the MLK: The Ultimate Mentor Essay Contest winners here! This can lead to a great conversation about the importance of mentoring and how countless Black Americans, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., continue to be a great example for our youth to look up to.
This Black History Month, as we continue to support & elevate Black youth, we must ensure that mentoring amplifies inclusivity & respect. Check out MENTOR National’s resources on privilege, racial justice, and social capital, as they relate to the mentoring field here!