Racial Justice and Cultural Responsiveness Resources

MENTOR Virginia is committed to 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. Not finding the resource you’re looking for? Contact Sarah at sarah@mentorva.org for assistance.

mentoring boys and young men of color
taking action and educating yourself on racial injustice
masculinity guide
supporting young people after trauma
tips for leading in the fight for racial justice

Virginia Youth-Led Advocacy and Mentoring Town Hall

As mentors in Virginia learn and grow alongside young people, there are many ways that they can support the advocacy and policy interests or passions of their mentees and young people. No matter what the issue or topic, young people have a critical voice and role to play in advocating for positive change. This youth-led conversation discusses youth advocacy, civic engagement, partnering with adults on advocacy, and how mentors can support their important work in the state.

Mentoring Boys & Young Men of Color Through a Racial Equity Lens

The challenges facing Boys & Young Men of Color (BYMOC), though well-documented and heavily researched, continue to persist in communities across the United States. While bright spots exist through the work of organizations such as the 100 Black Men of America, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, what more needs to be done to improve life outcomes for BYMOC while addressing the realities of structural racism?

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

Conversations with Young People About Media Surrounding Racial Injustice

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

Guide to Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color (MENTOR and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance)

Modules for exploring biases and understanding of race and identity (MENTOR and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance)

Mentoring Youth of Color (National Mentoring Resource Center)

Will I Be Able to Understand My Mentee? Examining the potential risk of the dominant culture mentoring marginalized youth. (MENTOR Minnesota)

Mentoring for Black Male Youth (National Mentoring Resource Center)

Mentor Training for Cultural Competence (National Mentoring Resource Center)

How Mentors and Mentoring Programs Can Support Mentee’s Ethnic/Racial Identity (The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring)

Four Tips for Having Healthy Conversations About Race (The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring)

Racial equity & anti-bias tools for OST programs & youth workers (Afterschool Alliance)

Teaching Tolerance (a website with classroom resources)

Books & Podcasts

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

10 Tips for Reading Picture Books with Children through a Race-Concious Lens (EmbraceRace)

Books for Young Readers:

A Kids Book About Racism (Jelani Memory)

Rights and Equality & Culture and Diversity (Marie Murray and Hanane Kai)

Black Lives Matter Instructional Library

Children’s Books with Strong Black Characters (PBS)

30 Books for Young Readers that Celebrate Black Joy (The Brown Bookshelf)

Books for Middle Grade & Young Adult Readers:

All American Boys (Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely)

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

Ghost Boys (Jewell Parker Rhodes)

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

The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

17 Middle Grade and Young Adult Books that Spotlight Black Joy (School Library Journal)

Books for Adults & Allies:

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

Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race (Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum)

Me and White Supremacy Workbook (Layla F. Saad)

The Racial Healing Handbook (Annekiese A. Singh PhD LPC)

The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)


Code Switch (NPR)

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Race Capitol)

Seeing White (Scene on Radio)

Black Youth Town Hall

In partnership with Youth Mentoring Action Network, MENTOR co-hosted The Black Youth Town Hall, a youth-led community dialogue aimed at supporting young people as they process recent events and the state of race relations.

Amplifying the Voices of Black Girls

Black and Brown girls face adverse health outcomes at higher rates. Yet Black girls and young women prove to be brilliant and resilient. Learn strategies to give Black girls a voice, be an ally, and hear what young women have to say about the issues impacting girls the most.