Reflecting on Success
January 4th, 2018 marked the fourth month of BLMA's 1st Thursday Mentor Luncheons at Bradley Tech and Washington. In partnership with both schools, over 50 Black and Latino male students and over 30 men of color serving as mentors engaged in discussion and mentorship while breaking bread. This month's topic was "Academic Success." The purpose of this topic was to have our young men reflect with their fellow peers and mentors about the process one must embrace to become successful, which included conversations about accountability, aspring to be our best selves academically, resilience, support, and time management. The programming for the event was as follows:
- Opening & Self Care
- Breaking Bread
- Topic of the Month
- Closing & Share Outs
All Black and Latino mentees were engaged in meaningful and rich conversation about academic success and success in general. Mentees, with support from mentors and peers alike, identified necessary adjustments they needed to make in their day-to-day lives in terms of time management so they can set themselves up for success. Additionally, mentees were in agreement that they should be support systems for one another since they see each other on a daily basis. Overall the event was a success. Upcoming luncheons and topics are:
- 02/01/2018: Cooperation & Conflict.
- 03/01/2018: Responses to Authority.
- 04/05/2018: Employment & Careers.
- 05/03/2018: Final Meeting of the 2017-2018 School Year (Topic is TBD).
If you are interested in being a mentor or sponsoring one of our luncheons, please reference the contact information for the Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement. Your contribution will make a difference in a mentees academic and life outcomes.