“Hey man, I’m digging the book! Every educator needs to read this!”
– Shawn C. Black, Prevention Educator
Coastal Horizons, Inc.
The Eye of the Mentor is not only a great read for every parent, educator, and counselor. It is also a training tool used to assist teachers in their everyday classrooms through a solution focused approach. The Eye of Mentor is a cultural awareness and staff development training used to help youth service providers teach, reach, and mentor beyond race, class, and gender. Based on statistical data and years of experience working with youth from high risk populations the training helps prepare youth service providers to better communicate, socially understand, and address the behaviors many of their students may exhibit.
The Eye of the Mentor training was started in 2006 after recognizing the need for teachers and youth service providers to have a working knowledge of where the behavior and issues occurring in their schools come from. Spending years working for various youth service agencies, I began to notice an enormous disconnect between the life many students experience and the instructors that were leading them. We stand on the premise that if you know where the behaviors are coming from, then you are better able to stop them before they happen. For some students many of the expectations of school are in complete opposition to the lifestyle the students have to live in order to manuever situations daily in their home lives. Together we will help you develop the simple understanding of :
- Why students feel fighting is a viable option to problem solve.
- How I, as a youth service provider from a totally different background, understand and meet them where they are.
- Where many of the behaviors you see displayed in your classroom come from.
- How music and popular culture change the environment of your classroom.
- The psychology of gangs as well as signs and symbols.
- Why it’s important that I understand their culture and how will it help me.
This training has received a tremendous response from it’s participants and many have requested it be brought to their individual school in hopes of helping their staff. Also available is the book, “The Eye of the Mentor: Hip to the Game” for those looking to understand even more of the hidden rules of youth culture that effect the classroom.