MBK-Ithaca recognizes that mentorship exists on a spectrum of structural to informal. Structurally, organizations can commit to mentoring; informal mentoring takes forms like community members assisting youth. MBK’s Mentorship Pillar seeks to facilitate positive connections between the Black and Brown youth of the Greater Ithaca area through mentorship opportunities.
Mentoring creates meaningful connections that can positively impact the lives of both mentor and mentee. Those who receive mentorship are more likely to see improved academic, social, and economic prospects. Those who mentor are able to build important leadership and management skills, while giving back to their community.
MBK’s mentorship goals are focused on achieving the following goals:
Identify and establish relationships with key organizations in order to create sustainable momentum, including age- and topic-appropriate groups within GIAC, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Tompkins County and their locally affiliated programs, student groups at the local colleges – particularly fraternities and sororities, and local civic organizations.