Episode 12: Why Youth Mentoring Increases Opportunities for Kids

In this episode, we interview Torie Weiston-Serdan, educator and founder of the Youth Mentoring Action Network, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring services to young people to help them become college, career, and life ready. We discuss the benefits of mentoring programs and why increasing opportunities for kids to be mentored is so important. We talk about the future and potential of mentoring as well as how schools can provide better support for marginalized groups. [spp-player url=http://traffic.libsyn.com/voices4ed/12_-_Education_Post_-_Mentoring.mp3] [spp-tweet tweet="Sometimes you’re watching your protegé run into the wall, and you just have to be there when they hit it and get back up. – Torie Weiston-Serdan"]

Episode Details:

  • The life experiences that inspired Torie to become an educator
  • Why classroom teachers are not always suited for the role of mentor
  • Why everyone needs mentoring
  • What a good system-wide mentoring policy would look like
  • How to create a youth-led mentoring system
  • How mentoring can help young people organize politically
  • What schools and educators can do to better support marginalized groups
  • On Torie’s first mentor
[spp-tweet tweet="My fundamental issue with mentoring is that if young people see it as such a passive process, they don’t get as much out of it. – Torie Weiston-Serdan"]

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