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  • National Mentoring Partnership, with lots of excellent resources, including research on mentoring and articles that would be helpful to the program as well as the mentors
  • Rochester Mentors at www.rochestermentors.org: They continue to be great partners to WHG, and we have been instrumental in helping them design a list of best practices. We get many of our volunteers and mentors through Rochester Mentors.


  1. All God's Children: The Basket Family and the American Tradition of Violence, by Fox Butterfield

    Amazon.com Review: Willie Bosket was charming, magnetic, and brilliant. He was also the most cold-blooded criminal the New York State penal system had ever seen. By the time he was in his teens, he had committed over two hundred armed robberies and twenty-five stabbings. Fox Butterfield examines the heritage of violence that followed Bosket's family from their days in slavery in South Carolina to the present.

  2. Building Supportive Communities for At-Risk Adolescents: It Takes More Than Services, by Martha R. Burt, Gary Resnick and Emily R. Novick

    About the Book: The authors of Building Supportive Communities for At-Risk Adolescents stress prevention, protection, and early detection and recommend an integrated network to address the comprehensive needs of today's youth. They profile nine of the nation's premier youth-serving programs, which provide a mix of educational, counseling, recreational, vocational, and leasdership activities. Chapters give practical information about funding, implementing, and evaluating similar programs.

  3. Code of the Street: Decency, Violence and the Moral Life of the Inner City, by Elijah Anderson

    About the book: Inner-city black America is often stereotyped as a place of random violence; in fact, violence in the inner city is regulated through an informal but well-known code of the street. How you dress, talk, and behave can have life-or-death consequences, with young people particularly at risk. The most powerful force counteracting this code and its reign of terror is the strong, loving, decent family, and we meet many heroic figures in the course of this narrative. Unfortunately, the culture of the street thrives and often defeats decency because it controls public spaces, so that individuals with higher, better aspirations are often entangled in the code and its self-destructive behaviors. ... Winner of the Komarovsky Book Award, this incisive book examines the code as a response to the lack of jobs that pay a living wage, to the stigma of race, to rampant drug use, to alienation and lack of hope. An individual's safety and sense of worth are determined by the respect he commands in public — a deference frequently based on an implied threat of violence. Unfortunately, even those with higher aspirations can often become entangled in the code's self-destructive behaviors

  4. Failing at Fairness: How Our Schools Cheat Girls, by Myra Sadker

    About the book: The result of two decades of research, this book shows how gender bias makes it impossible for girls to receive an education equal to that given to boys:
    • Girls' learning problems are not identified as often as boys' are
    • Boys receive more of their teachers' attention
    • Girls start school testing higher in every academic subject, yet graduate from high school scoring 50 points lower than boys on the SAT

  5. For All Our Daughters: How Mentoring Helps Young Women and Girls Master the Art of Growing Up, by Pegine Echevarria with a Foreword by Sherry S. Handel

    Amazon.com Review: The opening chapter of For All Our Daughters ticks off a hair-raising list of troubles all too common among American girls ages 9 to 18. These crises range from eating disorders and unexpected pregnancies to suicidal feelings and abuse. Author Pegine Echevarria, a social worker whose childhood held more than its fair share of horrors, doesn't dally over bad news, though. Instead she surges forward to propose ways caring women can string safety nets beneath girls who are traumatized or bent on high-wire acts of destruction. Underpinning this mentoring plan is the author's assurance that however much you might like to think that your daughter tells you everything, she probably doesn't ... and one day she certainly won't. "It's part of the maturing process for your daughter to stop turning to parents when faced with certain challenges," Echevarria says. For All Our Daughters offers an inspiring — and achievable — blueprint for building community and making a difference in someone's life. Though written for American girls, many of its suggestions are applicable to the stresses of life in other places — and for boys as well. — Francesca Coltrera

  6. Girls Seen and Heard: 52 Life Lessons for Our Daughters, by Marie Wilson, President, Ms. Foundation for Women

  7. It's the Little Things. Everyday Interactions That Anger, Annoy and Divide the Races, by Lena Williams

    About the book: New York Times veteran Lena Williams candidly explores the everyday occurrences that strain racial relations, reaching a conclusion that "no one could disagree with" (The New York Times Book Review). Although we no longer live in a legally segregated society, the division between blacks and whites never seems to go away. We work together, go to school together, and live near each other, but beneath it all there is a level of misunderstanding that breeds mistrust and a level of miscommunication that generates anger. Now in paperback, this is Lena Williams's honest look at the interactions between blacks and whites-the gestures, expressions, tones, and body language that keep us divided. Frank, funny, and smart, It's the Little Things steps back from academia and takes a candid approach to race relations. Based on her own experiences as well as what she has learned from focus groups across the United States, Lena Williams does for race what Deborah Tannen did for gender. Finally, we have a book that traverses the color lines to help us understand, and eliminate, the alarmingly common interactions that get under the skin of both blacks and whites.

  8. Mentoring: The Most Obvious Yet Overlooked Key to Achieving More in Life Than You Dreamed Possible: A Success Guide for Mentors and Protégés, by Floyd Wickman and Terri Sjodin

  9. Multicultural Mentoring of the Gifted and Talented, by E. Paul Torrance, Kathy Goff and Neil B. Satterfield

    About the book: This book offers readers a contemporary view of helping ethnically diverse, economically disadvantaged youth through the use of mentor programs. Including an overview of the mentoring process, a discussion of racial and cultural differences and typical strengths of disadvantaged youth, ideas for creating a mentoring program, and strategies for evaluating a mentoring program, this book provides a thorough look at mentoring.

  10. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, by James McBride

    About the book: A young African American man describes growing up as one of twelve children of a white mother and Black father, and discusses his mother's contributions to his life and his confusion over his own identity. "The triumph of the book — and of their lives — is that race and religion are transcended by family love." — The New York Times Book Review, H. Jack Geiger

  11. The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture and Identity in America, by Ilan Stavans

  12. 100 Books for Girls to Grow On. by Shirleen Dodson.
    About the book: From A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to Ramona the Pest to Wringer, here are 100 great books guaranteed to stir the imagination, spark conversation, and lead the way to adventure. In 100 Books for Girls to Grow On, Shireen Dodson offers a selection of both new and classic titles. Each book has been handpicked because it is a joy to read, because it inspires mother-daughter dialogue, and because it encourages creativity beyond the book experience.

  13. A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League, by Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize Winner

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