This presentation was delivered on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, as part of the free monthly webinar series from Friends for Youth's Mentoring Institute.
The notion of cultural competency elicits deep emotions for most people and carries tremendous weight in a professional setting. Those who work with a diverse group of clients and program participants want to be more skillful in their relationships but many workshops offer little beyond tips for generalized cultural populations (“Making eye contact is disrespectful”) or suggestions to create materials in multiple languages. While these steps are necessary in developing cultural competence, this webinar will address how to go deeper into exploring personal cultural values and how to use them intentionally and skillfully in building adult-youth relationships using examples from our own mentoring program.
Using technology, participants will come together in a safe space to share, listen, support challenges, and learn from each other, while also learning about skills in the area of relationship building, focusing on youth-adult partnerships. Materials will be available at the end of the webinar to encourage further discussion within agencies to create their own effective cross-cultural communication strategies based on real-life professional scenarios. This webinar is hosted by Sarah Kremer, Program Director of Friends for Youth’s Mentoring Institute and will be joined by Maribel Zarate, Program Coordinator in Friends for Youth’s mentoring program.