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


Community Coffee & Conversations: Racial Equity in the Mentoring Field

The elevation of the Black Lives Matter movement in communities across the country brings the promise of systemic changes that will lead to a more equitable and just world for our young people. To fulfill this promise of change, there’s a part that each of us in the mentoring field must play.


Please join us Thursday, August 6th from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Zoom as we gather over morning coffee with mentoring programs around Virginia to start a new conversation about racial equity in the mentoring field. We are eager to hear how programs across the state have been answering the call to action for racial equity and justice and to share elements of our action plan with you. The conversation will be informal and dynamic, but we hope to discuss:


  • Racial demographics in mentor/mentee pairs
  • What mentors need to know about racial equity and how we can prepare them
  • How mentors can support mentees in building social capital within their own communities
  • Resources your program needs or already has to advance racial equity at your agency

Register here.

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.