BBPA launches ‘MentorMe’ Program for Black youth

Nadine Spencer

The Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) will launch a six-month mentorship program for Black youth across Canada on November 11 and 12.

Noting that there are thousands of Black youth who are eager to access networks, resources and information that will accelerate their career and personal development, BBPA President Nadine Spencer said that the MentorME Program, as it is called, ” will serve as a platform to deliver these solutions to the members of the community waiting to receive them,” 

The  program builds on ” the expertise and work of BBPA and SAY IT LOUD! Canada to offer Black youth between the ages of 14-29 an opportunity to engage in mentoring conversations in support of their academic, career and community development,” says a news release from the BBPA.

It  is ” deliberately designed to target the needs of Black youth across specific industries, including literary arts, visual arts, culinary art, performing art, technology, social impact and innovation, fashion design and entrepreneurship,” the release  also notes.

The  Program is a “collaborative initiative” between Starbucks Canada, the BBPA, SAY IT LOUD! Canada, and MENTOR Canada.

The BBPA, founded in 1983, is a non-profit, charitable organization that addresses equity and opportunity for the Black community in business, employment, education and economic development.

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