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1. Youth Mentorship Program

The youth mentorship program provides African immigrant youth with the skills and knowledge that prevent them from engaging in anti-social/illegal activities in the community. Stable and fully adjusted African immigrant Youth mentors are selected and paired up with their counterpart youth (mentees) based on the needs of the mentees. The Youth mentors guide and mentor the mentees to make appropriate choices in their lives. They also lead and engage the mentees in academic and recreational programs, cultural and social activities. These activities expose the mentees to other cultures, create intercultural dialogue and build bridges among immigrant youth from different cultural backgrounds. The program also nurtures and develops the leadership skills of both the mentors and mentees.  


The youth mentorship program addresses the following risk factors


2. African Youth Tell it like it is Initiative

The African Youth “tell it like it is” Initiative will empower African heritage youth to deal more effectively with racism and discrimination through facilitated group discussions and artistic expressions using rap and video. Discussions and performances will highlight both the issues they experience, and their ideas and efforts to solve those issues. Skill development will be cultivated in: self-expression (both verbally and through the arts), learning to read social realities, effective responses to racism and discrimination, mutual collaboration towards common goals, and combining analytical thinking and integrity to begin bringing solutions to community problems.


For the youth, the “tell it like it is” initiative will consist of: a) facilitated discussions and role plays, b) which will be video recorded and edited into social commentary and effective action “infomercials”, c) participation in a spoken word “rap camp” and follow up where the youth create their own rap songs and video-record them, and d) presentations of their creative problem solving raps and skits to other youth groups, school boards, City Councilors and Black History month events.


Youth participants will perform their creative pieces and explain the processes around their theme development to parents and community leaders. This approach is intended to cultivate an atmosphere conducive to encouraging parents and youth to talk together about their mutual concerns and hopes for the future. We expect that both the performance and discussions will motivate parents to participate in three subsequent sessions to discuss parental concerns about raising teens in two cultures.



 


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