Mentoring Immigrant And Refugee Youth (Part 2)


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Explores "Mentoring Immigrant Youth: A Toolkit for Program Coordinators." This toolkit is designed by MENTOR to help mentoring organizations better understand and serve America's growing immigrant and refugee youth population.

The toolkit has 10 modules addressing topics such as population characteristics, an immigrant youth needs assessment, recommendations for working with these populations, defining program parameters, cultural competence topics, and matching mentors with immigrant youth.

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Mentoring Immigrant And Refugee Youth (Part 2)

  1. 1. Mentoring Immigrant and Refugee Youth A Toolkit for Program Coordinators (Part 2)
  2. 2. Overview of Part 1 <ul><li>Purpose of the toolkit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Background information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promising program practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategies and resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supplemental to Elements of Effective Practice </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview of Part 1 (cont.) <ul><li>Key definitions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Immigrant youth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethnicity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Race </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ESL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenges faced by immigrant youth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stress related to exclusion, poverty, and separation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assets of immigrant youth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Familiy & community bonds, bilingualism, resiliency & flexibility and cultural competency, value of education </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Overview of Part 1 (cont.) <ul><li>General Considerations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize and support both cultures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize and build programming around strengths and assets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide leadership opportunities for youth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide tutoring opportunities (where applicable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involve, support and draw resources from caregivers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Familiarize yourself with other resources in your community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize and respond to unique stressors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage immigrant families in program design </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Finding and Preparing Mentors <ul><li>Mentor roles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural assimilation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English language acquisition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice and counsel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role modeling </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Finding and Preparing Mentors <ul><li>Volunteer job description </li></ul>
  7. 7. Volunteer Job Description <ul><li>Position : Mentor of Immigrant Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose : To act as a role model, advocate and support for an immigrant youth </li></ul><ul><li>Duties : </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to build a supportive relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Attend and actively participate in 6 hours of training </li></ul><ul><li>Complete and submit activity log after match meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Meets in-person with mentee at least 4 hours a month </li></ul><ul><li>Works with mentee to practice English </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifications : </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to empathize and understand youth from different cultural backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Nonjudgmental, attentive, and caring </li></ul><ul><li>Length of Commitment : Mentor must commit for one year. </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits : Exposure to new cultures, opportunity to have fun, develop new appreciation for diversity, and make a difference in the life of an immigrant youth! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Screening and Orientation Tips <ul><li>Screening </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World affairs and new cultures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empathy and cultural competency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Match commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prior experience with this population </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two-way learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Orientation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing mentors with resources </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Mentor Training <ul><li>General training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stages in mentoring relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity suggestions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specific training </li></ul>
  10. 10. Supporting and Monitoring Matches <ul><li>Match Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First Meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Match recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Match support timeline </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parent and family involvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Mentor” as a cultural concept </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication styles </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Training Activities <ul><li>Ready-to-use training activities </li></ul>
  12. 12. Case Studies <ul><li>Contextualized examples </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resources <ul><li>Federal Government </li></ul><ul><li>National Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>International Agencies </li></ul>
  14. 14. Mentoring Immigrant and Refugee Youth <ul><li>Free Download! </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or visit and search for “Mentoring Immigrant and Refugee Youth” </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Mentor Michigan Staff <ul><li>Amber Troupe </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor Michigan Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>(517) 241-3493 </li></ul>