Racial Justice and Cultural Responsiveness Resources

A Note to Our Program Partners

There are no perfect words to capture grief and anger, but there are simple ones we must use as our guide: Be there for and with our young people. Tragedies and realities of racism, violence, and injustice for Black people and communities of color are not new or isolated. They are systemic and impact young people every day.

We must acknowledge and provide space for the trauma and emotions young people are processing.

MENTOR’s commitment continues to be toward creating a movement that is inclusive of and supports all young people. We strive to help create an America where all young people can thrive through meaningful relationships – and that happens when they are safe and their lives are valued. We continue the work to rewire systems to center supportive, meaningful, and responsive relationships with our young people.

This page contains a collection of resources that may be helpful for program staff, stakeholders, mentors, and families to address racial inequities, bias, and violence. Our team will update this page as new resources become available. Thanks for your continued dedication to Virginia’s young people.


The MENTOR Virginia Team

Resources for Support & Action: Denouncing Hate & Violence Against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community

  • For adults exploring their own biases and understanding of race and identity, learn more about MENTOR’s online modules here.  
  • For adults supporting youth in the wake of trauma, review MENTOR’s guide here.
  • This link provides advocacy and community engagement organizations that are working to support the AAPI community, expert guidance on language, and resources surrounding the history of racism against AAPIs.
  • Resources from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s to stop the Asian hate movement.
  • For parenst and other caring adults who want to talk to children about anti-Asian violence, read this article or watch this webinar from EmbraceRace.
  • Led and organized by AAPI youth Jerry Feng with support from the Youth Mentoring Action Network, this webinar brings together a cohort of AAPI youth voices to discuss their own experiences with racism in the age of COVID-19.
  • Here’s more on how to respond to coronavirus-related racism when you see it, and here’s a helpful guide on how to speak up when you see everyday moments of prejudice, bias, and stereotypes.
  • Find a collection of resources from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center designed to foster ongoing learning about AAPI communities, experiences, cultures, and histories.

Conversations with Young People About Media Surrounding Racial Injustice

How Mentors and Mentoring Programs Can Support Mentee's Ethnic/Racial Identity

Additional Resources


All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell, illustrated by Aurelia Durand

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Books to Teach White Children and Teens How to Undo Racism and White Supremecy (Charis Books & More)

Not finding the resource you’re looking for? Contact Sarah at sarah@mentorva.org for assistance.