Mentoring Young Men of Color: Meeting the Needs of African American and Latino Students

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Overview

Mentoring Young Men of Color: Meeting the Needs of African American and Latino Students examines the subject of youth mentoring through a cultural lens. The work not only investigates the value of school-based mentoring in the lives of these youngsters, but also offers alternative and constructive ways in which our society can experience and embrace this social group. Positioning mentoring as a cultural practice, this book informs schools and communities of their ethical role and responsibility in fighting the public assault on America's youth by helping young males of color develop a deeper sense of self-awareness and the power they possess.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Hall (DePaul School of Education) takes an in-depth look at the role of school-based mentoring in changing the academic and social fates of minority male youth. The author uses this compact volume particularly to remind America that there is a cultural practice that can sustain minority males' value in society: mentoring. He also indicates that educators, parents, and community leaders can play a definitive role in helping these young men to become valuable members of their respective communities. In order for mentoring to work, educators must be committed to activities such as allowing minority males to express themselves with freedom, and to viewing minority males through their "Learners Everyday Negotiation Strategy." Moreover, they must develop mentoring experiences that help both teachers and students see that they can be both effective learners and leaders. Hall concludes that these relationships provide minority males with the academic and social support needed to realize their potential and dreams. Now it is up to educators and communities to commit further resources to mentoring minority youth. Recommended.
William C. Ayers
Horace Hall is an engaged young teacher/scholar who writes with clarity and authority about his journey toward redemption for both himself and for the young men of color whose lives he touches. This book is a personal odyssey, a practical guide to a positive approach to teaching young men of color, and a plea to America to wake up. Hall reminds us that we are one another’s business; we are each other’s bond and hope. The water is rising, but there is still time to reach out our hands, and, he argues, we must.
Gregory Michie
Horace Hall is that all-too-rare academic writer: someone who not only can talk the talk, but has walked the walk as well. His personal experiences as a mentor to African American and Latino young men illuminate this wise and important book, which combines a damning critique of society’s vilification of males of color with a thoughtful, practical re-imagining of traditional notions of youth mentoring.
Pedro Noguera
Those who are looking for practical and insightful strategies for mentoring young men of color will find this book an invaluable and powerful resource.
Jawanza Kunjufu
Horace Hall brings to light in Mentoring Young Men of Color that our boys need mentoring, nurturance, love, and direction not suspension, expulsion, zero tolerance, and prison. I strongly suggest you read this important book.
Pedro A. Noguera Ph.D
Those who are looking for practical and insightful strategies for mentoring young men of color will find this book an invaluable and powerful resource.
Choice
Hall (DePaul School of Education) takes an in-depth look at the role of school-based mentoring in changing the academic and social fates of minority male youth. The author uses this compact volume particularly to remind America that there is a cultural practice that can sustain minority males' value in society: mentoring. He also indicates that educators, parents, and community leaders can play a definitive role in helping these young men to become valuable members of their respective communities. In order for mentoring to work, educators must be committed to activities such as allowing minority males to express themselves with freedom, and to viewing minority males through their "Learners Everyday Negotiation Strategy." Moreover, they must develop mentoring experiences that help both teachers and students see that they can be both effective learners and leaders. Hall concludes that these relationships provide minority males with the academic and social support needed to realize their potential and dreams. Now it is up to educators and communities to commit further resources to mentoring minority youth. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578864294
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 6/22/2006
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Horace R. Hall is professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Research at DePaul. He is also the founder and co-director of R.E.A.L. (Respect, Excellence, Attitude, and Leadership), a Chicago-based youth mentoring program.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Prologue: Endangered? Chapter 4 Chapter 1- Youth Mentoring: A View Through Multiple Lenses Chapter 5 Chapter 2- Embracing Young Males of Color in the School Domain Chapter 6 Chapter 3- Constructing a Space for Boys Chapter 7 Chapter 4- Extending beyond a Space for Boys Chapter 8 Chapter 5- A REAL History Lesson Part 1: Origins of a SBM Program Chapter 9 Chapter 6- A REAL History Lesson Part 2: A Quest for Realness Chapter 10 Chapter 7- REAL Profiles: Mentors and Mentees

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    The best thing...

    I bought this book last month and have found it to be really helpful in connecting with Latino boys. The best thing about this work is that it's written in a way that makes it clear for me to understand working with teens I'm not familiar with. I also had a chance to meet the author a few weeks ago--amazing conversation about youth work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2006

    Clear and enjoyable.

    I've been a teacher and mentor of teenagers in Philadelphia for the past 5 years. I just started using this book to help me with alternative ways of teaching and connecting with my students, especially my boys, and it's really working for me. Hall's work speaks volumes of the reality youngsters are facing in schools and how we can help. I thought it was clear and enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2006

    My favorite so far for 2006 !!

    This book was required for one of my teacher ed. courses, and at first I wondered, 'Why are future teachers reading a book on mentoring?' BUT, after we read it, I got so much out of it, especially in the way we teach African American and Hispanic youth. For me, I had to read it a second time. Hall does a great job of bringing you in with clear language and encouraging us to see other ways of teaching, as well as mentoring, these young males. Like the rest of my class, I loved it!! It's a great discussion on how to reach urban youth. I think it's a must have for those going into schools WHEREVER males of color attend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2006

    A true gem!

    Horace Hall's work truly reflects his experiences that work well together with educational theory. As a high school principal for 10 years, I can honestly say that this book inspired me to continue my work with new eyes and an increased passion. Latino and African American boys carry a heavy burden in our society. This work is a life jacket for them and those who seek to make these boys' lives better. It is a true gem!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    Exceptional Book For Mentors, Educators, Parents, Et Al

    Mentoring Young Men of Color: Meeting the Needs of African American and Latino Students is an exceptional book. Anyone seeking enlightening on the delicacies of mentoring young men of color will learn techniques outlined by Horace Hall's empirical knowledge. Kudos for a job well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Real life on the page!

    I ordered this book as an advanced copy and it took a little over 3 weeks for me to get it, but I have to say it was well worth the wait. I found it totally relevant to the issues I face as a counselor/mentor for girls and boys in the inner-city. Horace Hall focuses more on school activities and strategies and I was looking more for community ideas, BUT the connection he makes between the two was entirely helpful to me. The mentor and mentee testimonies at the end of the book were also powerful...Real life on the page! I think this book serves those best who are searching for different and practical ways of mentoring kids...all kids!. I've read it 2x!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    I thought it was an excellent read.

    Hall's work makes a lot of good points and moves a much needed discussion on young males of color in an important direction. What I enjoyed most was the author's attention to both social and personal hurdles that effect these boys. It's not just one or the other as people talking about this issue (for example, Bill Cosby and Al Sharpton) keep focusing on. I applaud Hall loudly for not just keeping it 'real', but keeping it right! One.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2006

    A Must Read for Educators!

    As a teacher of Black and Latino students, I find the points that Hall makes to be poignant, honest and insightful. In chapter after chapter, Hall reminds the reader that the focus must be on the lives of these young men. We must make a true effort to see and hear them in order to assist them. This book was not only inspiring and eye-opening for me as an educator, but also encouraging in offering strategies on how to reach and bring back those boys who are disconnecting from school. I highly recommend this book for those who are struggling to create classrooms and teach lessons that mirror the lives of students of color--an excellent read!!

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