MENTOR North Carolina receives $400,000 grant from The Duke Endowment

DURHAM, N.C. In collaboration with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), MENTOR North Carolina has received a $400,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to pilot the application of Implementation Science principles to strengthen mentoring programs in North Carolina and South Carolina.

The Duke Endowment grant will be used to provide technical assistance to mentoring programs in three My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper (MBSK) Communities (Eastern NC, Winston-Salem NC, and Spartanburg, SC), which will include creating an MBSK learning community, testing evidence-based interventions, and actively embedding implementation capacity across a range of community and practice settings.

Central to this work is an equity lens that hones in on how to build, sustain, and scale culturally relevant evidence-based practices, and decreases the gap in services experienced by vulnerable youth of color.

At the national level, MENTOR is committed to building on its work with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, The Fellowship Initiative, and the Critical Mentoring Institute to further integrate a DEI and Racial Justice lens into the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, National Quality Mentoring System, and its suite of resources and tools aimed at driving racial equity. Lessons learned from this project will be disseminated throughout the MENTOR network and ultimately the broader field.

“Our best learning comes from our network and the movement,” said David Shapiro, MENTOR CEO. “The Duke Endowment’s recognition and investment in MENTOR North Carolina’s leadership and innovative new initiative will provide a powerful blend of learning and tools from science and community wisdom. We look forward to elevating it to further improve the effectiveness of our resources and advance the work of the mentoring movement.”

Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $4 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.