MBK members represent the nonprofit, public and private sectors and are engages in a range of activities to improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color. These activities include direct service, advocacy, funding, research, strategic communications and capacity building.

Mentoring Agency Requirements

Agencies must be registered with the School District or United Way in order to receive MBK referrals. An agency representative must also attend an orientation. Orientations are designed to:

  1. Identify resources available for participating agencies
  2. Provide an overview of the Male Recruitment Challenge
  3. Provide an overview of the goals for MBK, Child and Youth Symposium, and Superintendent’s Task Force
  4. Provide tips and instructions on how to get started

Types of Mentors

  1. One-on-One Mentor: will help young men and boys on an individual basis by being paired with a mentee. Mentors require criminal background check and must comply with agency policies.
  2. Group Mentor: can speak or provide workshops/trainings to various youth groups
  3. Professional Mentor: will allow youth to shadow them in the workplace. This is limited to agencies that offer this component.

Why You Should Mentor

These activities include direct service, advocacy, funding, research, strategic communications and capacity building   

Benefits for Youth

  • Better attitude about school
  • Increased high school graduation rates
  • Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
  • Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Improved behavior at home and school
  • Stronger relationships with parents, teachers and peers
  • Decreased likelihood of drug and alcohol use

Benefits for Mentors

  • Increased Self-esteem
  • A sense of accomplishment
  • Creation of networks of volunteers
  • Insight into childhood, adolescence and young adulthood
  • Increased patience and improved supervisory skills

For information or to connect with the United Way of Palm Beach County’s Mentor Center, visit unitedwaypbc.org/mentor.

Contact Us

My Brother's Keeper Network of Palm Beach County

Ike Powell
Senior Program Specialist

50 S Military Trail, Suite 203
West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Phone:  561-242-5704

Email:  ipowell@pbcgov.org

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