National Mentoring Summit

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2019 National Mentoring Summit

The ninth annual National Mentoring Summit will take place

January 30-February 1, 2019

at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown.

The National Mentoring Summit is the only national convening of youth mentoring professionals, researchers, MENTOR Affiliates, philanthropic investors, and government and civic leaders aimed at collectively strengthening and expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people across the country.



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Summit Fellowship Program

Applications for the 2018 Summit Fellowship Program are now closed. All applicants will be notified of selection in mid-October.

Read about the 2018 Summit Fellows here.

mentor capitol hill day logoCapitol Hill Day

Capitol Hill Day, which takes place Wednesday, January 24, capitalizes on the energy and knowledge of hundreds of passionate and experienced advocates attending the 2018 National Mentoring Summit. Capitol Hill Day participants will meet with Senators and Representatives from their states about key bills and issues in Congress, as well as the mentoring efforts happening in their communities. Capitol Hill Day participants will receive training and materials to assist them in preparing for their Congressional appointments and also gather in person before Capitol Hill Day to network and strategize for their meetings with other participants from their state. Advocates are encouraged to bring materials and information about their mentoring-related efforts to share with their legislators. Capitol Hill Day participants will be prepared to improve or establish relationships with their members of Congress and staff; educate legislators about their work back home, including possible challenges in their communities; and, encourage legislators to support key bills and federal programs. If you have registered to participate in Capitol Hill Day 2018, managers of the event will be in contact in November with more detail about the event. This exciting event has grown in size every year since its start and we look forward to another successful event in the New Year! If you have any questions about Capitol Hill Day in the meantime please contact Abbie Evans or Adriane Alicea. Participants must travel to Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 23 to participate in the Capitol Hill Day training.


Each year, MENTOR invites the nation’s leading philanthropic investors in youth mentoring and those interested in exploring the issue further to connect and learn with hundreds of mentoring practitioners, policy makers, researchers and community leaders. Through interactive workshops and exclusive track programming, participants engage in meaningful discussions, peer to peer networking and invaluable idea exchanges aimed at accelerating solutions to close the mentoring gap in our country.

Philanthropic Partnership Track Offerings Include:
  • Focused track featuring 90-minute workshops on topics ranging from scaling alternative talent pathways to building impactful public/private partnerships to understanding the business benefits of corporate engagement in youth mentoring. Attendees will also have access to all other Summit workshops should they wish to explore topics outside those offered in the Philanthropic Partnerships Track. We have posted a complete workshop list that allows you to sort by one or more of the following topics: Exemplary program models, Innovations, Advocacy, Mentoring Specific Youth Groups, Mentoring and national challenges, Supporting the mentoring relationship, Non-profit Management, Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, Collaborations, Research. 
  • Private luncheon focused on surfacing innovative practices, programs and partnerships for philanthropic partners to consider when investing and/or engaging in youth mentoring.
  • Private Campfire Conversation with young people, leading researchers, and funders focused on what will it take to create more community allies as the mentoring field works to support young people in breaking down structural inequities and advancing opportunities for all.
  • Access to MENTOR’s pre-conference Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Philanthropic partners are invited to help elevate examples of philanthropic investments in mentoring while encouraging support for policies impacting the youth development field.
Philanthropic Partnership Track Agenda at a Glance
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
9 – 10 a.m.Capitol Hill Day Breakfast and Kickoff (Hill Day Meetings 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
5 – 8:00 p.m.Registration (optional)
Thursday, January 25, 2018
7:30 – 8 a.m.Registration and Continental Breakfast
8 – 9 a.m.2018 National Mentoring Summit Opening Plenary
9:15 – 10:45 a.m.Opportunity Youth Thriving: Elevating Informal Mentoring and Workforce Development With funding from the Schultz Family Foundation, MENTOR is working with the America’s Promise Alliance to create a new, national mentorship initiative that focuses on the extra support needed by opportunity youth, young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school and who do not have a job. The goal is to create and test quality mentor relationships and both community-based and business mentorship models that help these young people prepare for, secure and meet their potential. During this session, we will provide an overview of the project (including the project evaluation being conducted by the Center for Promise) and share some early lessons learned from our pilot work in Minneapolis and Seattle related to cross-sector partnerships, expanding webs of support for opportunity youth and preparing workplace supervisors to be effective managers and mentors of youth workers.
 The Business Benefit for Corporate Engagement in Youth Mentoring Eight years ago, EY launched its signature volunteer program in education: College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence). This highly successful volunteer program, now in 34 cities across the US, is dedicated to providing access to higher education for underserved youth by engaging professionals as mentors who offer personal support, coaching and guidance through the college application and admission processes. The journey has been eventful and transformative. EY has learned a great deal along the way. Carolina Dominguez, EY Americas College MAP Leader, will talk through how others might harness the firm’s learnings to enhance their own mentoring program. Specifically, Carolina will discuss the business benefits to youth mentoring, the impact on people, culture and community. Best practices include creating transformational growth experiences for volunteers, mapping leadership skills to career and aligning ultimate program goals to overall business goals.
11:15 – 12:45 p.m.Scaling Alternative Talent Pathways: Salesforce and Year Up Case Study This session will explore the role that philanthropic partnerships can play in building alternative talent pathways. Year Up and will share the partnership practices they utilize to maximize philanthropic investments and workforce development outcomes. The success of the partnership relies upon Salesforce interns addressing business needs for the company. Critical to the success of the interns is the role of the host managers, individuals who play a key role in the interns’ learning and development, coaching, and professional success. Since 2008, Salesforce has hosted nearly 300 Year Up interns, and hired approximately 50% of them.
 Maximizing Engagement and Impact Through Intergenerational Youth Mentoring GM Student Corps is a signature program of General Motors that hires Detroit-area high school students as summer interns to serve and improve their communities under the guidance of GM retirees and local college students.  The students develop teamwork, leadership skills and a community service mindset while working as small start-ups, managing all aspects of their projects from budgeting, planning and problem solving to execution. Program leadership and participants will share the business case for the program, the program design and the impact of the program since its launch in 2013.
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.Philanthropic Partnerships Track Luncheon This private track luncheon will explore innovative practices, programs and partnerships for philanthropic participants to consider when investing and/or engaging in youth mentoring.
2:15 – 3:45 p.m.Great Management is Great Mentoring Considering that 1 in 3 youth are growing up in America today without a caring adult in their lives, managers have an opportunity to change the trajectory of a young person’s life by welcoming them onto their teams, providing clear direction, offering them opportunities to gain new skills and experiences, and coaching them on how to succeed at work and in life. Great management is great mentoring, and this session will provide tangible advice rooted in the experiences of hundreds of Bank of America employee volunteers who mentor youth, helping to build their self-esteem, develop their leadership skills, and create access to enriching experiences.
 Diverse Ways Companies Support Mentoring There are multiple business benefits to supporting youth mentoring including the engagement of employees, recruiting and developing talent, elevating a brand, and strengthening communities. As companies seek to align their business goals with the goals of mentoring programs, there is a diverse array of partnership opportunities that can be leveraged. This session will highlight innovative ways that companies are building the capacity of mentoring programs, creating webs of support for youth and preparing youth for success in education and in the workforce.
 How Philanthropists Can Leverage Data and Intermediary Organizations to Achieve Shared Goals Collaboration, data, evaluation and impact are all hot topics in philanthropy. But how can philanthropists be most effective in using existing community assets to help inform and advance their investments and/or engagement in youth mentoring?  Panelists will share their experiences working in or with intermediary organizations to guide philanthropic decision making, set goals, and measure impact of their giving.  Panelists will discuss the challenges associated with bringing about systemic change and the opportunity that exists in leveraging a data-driven approach to decision making.
3:45 – 5:15 p.m.General Session
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.Campfire Conversation & Networking Reception This provocative and interactive conversation with young people, leading researchers, and funders will explore the history of mentoring and how the latest research and trends are changing the way we engage and support young people. Attendees will be asked to contribute to the conversation as we discuss the impact these changes are having on mentoring programs, adult mentors, young people, key stakeholder groups and communities.
Friday, January 26, 2018
7:30  – 8:30amContinental Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.Leveraging Technology to Drive Mentoring Impact & Capacity Technology has the ability to impact both the outcomes of mentoring relationships and the capacity of mentoring programs to serve more young people. This session will explore how technology is supporting students on their path to college and maximizing employee engagement at Deloitte via a virtual mentoring partnership with Strive for College. We will also explore the outcomes of a technology partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta and TechBridge who implemented a Salesforce database and paperless system for volunteer applications that has enhanced the tracking, analysis and reporting of data.
 Utilizing Corporate Platforms to Elevate the Mentoring Field and Recruit Mentors As we collectively work to elevate the field of mentoring into a leading cause category, we need to learn how to better collaborate with the corporate sector and utilize its unique advantages and assets.  In this workshop, attendees will explore the power that corporations have to advance the mentoring movement and recruit mentors for programs across the country.  Learn from key influencers including Nike, the National Basketball Association, and LinkedIn regarding (a) what drove their commitment to mentoring, (b) actions they have taken and (c) ways that they measure and quantify their impact.
10:30  – 12:00 p.m.Maximizing Investments in College and Career Readiness This session will explore the diverse ways that foundations and corporations can maximize their investment in mentoring which supports college and career readiness. Through three rounds of interviews with program providers, youth, employers and philanthropic partners, we will explore trends in the field, the needs of mentors and managers of youth in the workplace, and the supports that youth need to succeed academically and professionally.  Participants will gain tangible advice on how to build and manage cross-sector partnerships that deliver results for young people, employers and the community.
 Magnetic and Meaningful Mentoring & Public/Private Partnerships: Genentech & SSFUSD’s Futurelab Initiative Genentech and South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) will share tangible ways that we have partnered through our Futurelab initiative to deliver high-quality mentoring and science education programs to SSFUSD students, engage passionate employees, and bolster a high-need public school district’s capacity. This will be an interactive session during which the majority of the time will be spent in small group discussions with attendees asking questions and providing feedback.
12:00  – 2:00 p.m.General Session and Lunch

Note: The Philanthropic Partnerships Track is for corporations, foundations and individual donors only. This track offers two events exclusive to this track’s target audience, however all workshops are open to any attendee through general registration. If you are a nonprofit professional interested in attending some of these workshops, you should register using the general registration process. For more information contact Kristin Howard, Senior Director of Development.

MENTOR would like to thank all of the supporters of the 2018 National Mentoring Summit

Convened by

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Presenting Sponsor

Lead Sponsors


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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsor

   Mustang Leadership Partners

Bronze Sponsors

First Niagara Foundation in partnership with KeyBank

General Motors

National Basketball Association

Summit Fellows Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:


JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Doug Chamberlain, Appleton Partners Inc.

Lori and John Grayson

Angus Worthing and Margaret Taylor

Ross Stores Foundation


Presenting Partners

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Supporting Partners


We are proud to welcome the following exhibitors committed to serving the youth mentoring movement! Get to know each organization by visiting their exhibitor booth during the Summit.



Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Council on Accreditation

Give Something Back Foundation


Mentoring Central (iRT)

My Name My Story

National Mentoring Resource Center

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Responsibility Today

Verified Volunteers