Editor’s Note This is a very thoughtful piece by Jennifer Lindwall, the Director of Training and Quality Assurance at the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota since February 2013. The article appeared in a collection, Moving Youth Work Practice Forward: Reflections on Autonomy and Authority. Jen’s piece touches on some of the thorny issues in youth mentoring that are rarely discussed but which, if not handled with care, can derail a mentoring relationship.
By Jennifer Lindwall
“Will I be able to understand her?”
“I don’t know what you mean.”
“My mentee, will I be able to understand her? Last time I was a mentor and had a little African
American girl, sometimes when she talked I couldn’t understand what she was saying.”
Read the entire article here.