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young black male, mentoring, mentorship, well-being


This research investigates the experiences and effects of mentorship relationships on Black male youth aged 16-18, while also examining the social determinants of health that shape their future prospects. Employing a mixed-methods approach combining qualitative thematic analysis with quantitative statistical analysis, the study aims to enhance the generalizability and robustness of its findings. Data collection was facilitated through an online survey using Microsoft Forms, with 19 participants from Ontario, particularly the Peel region. The qualitative analysis revealed profound insights into the challenges faced by both mentors and mentees, including social stigma, discrimination barriers, and the development of emotional maturity among Black male youth. Quantitative data further confirmed the marginalization experienced by Black male youth, resulting in resource scarcity, low self-esteem, and compromised well-being, impacting academic achievements and mentorship dynamics. This research uniquely contributes to understanding the underlying factors affecting the self-efficacy and determination of Black male youth. It underscores the importance of institutional and governmental strategies to support their educational attainment and emphasizes the critical role of mentoring in their positive development. This study advocates for policies and practices aimed at addressing the systemic barriers hindering the advancement of Black male youth and ensuring that mentorship programs are effectively tailored to meet their specific needs.


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies (FAHCS)


Bachelor of Social and Community Development

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Bolt, P. (2024). Empowering potential: Unveiling the realities of young black males in Ontario [Unpublished poster]. Sheridan College.