RIAINetwork - Anti-Racism and Unconscious Bias Training

Mentorship

RIAINetwork aims to provide mentors and role models to children and young African- Irish people. This mentorship will incorporate online and virtual activities, with onsite support from our mentors to our mentees. RIAlNetwork aims to tap into the knowledge, skills and experiences of older African- Irish people to provide a holistic support to the younger generation. This process will incorporate a collaboration between our mentors, mentees, and their parents. At RIAINetwork, we believe that every child need and deserves a role model. Various learning objectives of our mentees will be explored, and a match will be established accordingly. All our mentors will be Garda Vetted, and they will undergo a mentorship training. Description of Practice: Culture is understood broadly to include the values, norms, and practices of a given group that are learned, shared, and transmitted across generations (Kreuter et al., 2003). Mentorship for cultural pride and understanding is, however, distinguished from mentoring in general due to its specific focus on strengthening respect and value of diverse cultural backgrounds. Individualised support is designed to be responsive to information gathered in an assessment of the needs of the mentee and is provided before or at any point after the start of the mentoring relationship. Mentorship of this type may be focused on one or more of the following: Mentorship of this type may be focused on one or more of the following:

  • increasing awareness about culture and important components of culture
  • increasing mentees’ awareness of their own cultural background, values and assumptions and how these may influence their perceptions of their world
  • increasing mentees knowledge of African-Irish cultural backgrounds with mentors understanding the needs of young people, including the potential assets of the home, school, and community environments of mentees, and
  • Mentors will apply their cultural knowledge in their relationships with mentees as well as others who are important in mentees’ lives (e.g., parents, teachers, friends)

The frequency, duration, and format of mentoring can also vary. For example, mentoring may be delivered in a group format or individually and either in-person or online. Format Mentors will use their knowledge and experience to help society to be sensitive and responsive to both the needs and assets of young from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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