Long Branch, NJ – The Second Baptist Church of Long Branch. the Long Branch NAACP and the Men Make a Difference Organization hosted the National Cares Mentoring Movement. Susan Taylor of Essence felt there was a need to have a mentoring program in black and brown communities and brought Stephen Powell on board to start the progression of the program. Mr. Powell as Mr. Blanton puts it, has “taken the program to a whole different level.”
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Stephen Powell gave the presentation to the students to enforce the strong connection mentoring has. The dynamics are strong within this mentoring program bridging the gaps between adults and the future generation. Mentorship experiences and relationship structure affect the amount of psycho-social support, career guidance, role modeling, and communication that occurs in the mentoring relationships.
During the program, mentors, parents and other adults in attendance are challenged to listen to young people more often. The young people are challenged to find at least one credible mentor to walk the journey with them. Essentially, t it takes a village to raise a child and what better way to start than by creating an avenue for young people to seek mentorship and willing adults to provide it.