The Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through the National Mentoring Resource Center and facilitated in partnership with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. These webinars would not be possible without the planning team, which includes the following Mentoring Partnerships: California Mentoring Partnership, The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, Grizzlies Foundation, Illinois Mentoring Partnership, Indiana Mentoring Partnership, Institute for Youth Success, Kansas Mentors, and Mentor Colorado. Through ongoing planning and evaluation of the latest developments in the field, this team delivers a webinar each month focused on strengthening mentoring practice, sharing new resources, and helping the field put research into practice. Mentoring practitioners interested in the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series are encouraged to visit The National Mentoring Resource Center, which is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and facilitated in partnership with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Free technical assistance is available, along with approved quality mentoring materials. Take advantage of this resource today to strengthen your program’s services to youth!
Webinars are free and online. Links to register for the upcoming webinar, with full descriptions and panelist information, are posted in the month leading up to the webinar. Check back periodically as plans for each month are finalized!
Mentoring Youth in Foster Care: Considerations and Strategies (Thu, Dec 21, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST)
Approximately 400,000 young people in the United States are in foster care on any given day[i], many of whom have experienced trauma and adversity beyond their peers. These young people face unique challenges, including changing home environments and placements, disruption to their education, and limited access to support and resources as they transition into adulthood. Despite these challenges, youth in foster care have shown great strength and resiliency.
A well-trained adult can support youth in foster care as they navigate these obstacles and plan for the future, but mentoring programs must take special care to design organizational environments that foster empathy and create procedures that respond to the unique challenges, assets, and circumstances experienced by these young people. Join this webinar to learn what the research says about mentoring youth in foster care and explore practices that equip mentors and mentees to develop healthy, reliable, and positive relationships. Panelists will discuss approaches to mentor recruitment, screening, training, and match support, as well as connecting youth with additional resources, preparing youth to “age out” of the foster care system, and nurturing youth voice and self-determination.
[i] Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2017). Foster care statistics 2015. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. Retrieved from https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/foster/
National Mentoring Month: How to Engage and Recruit (November 2017) Facilitator:
GET MOVING! USING SPORTS-BASED PROGRAMMING TO BRIDGE MENTORING GAPS (SEPTEMBER 2017)
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Desireé Robertson, Senior Manager at Memphis Grizzlies Foundation
Kendan Elliott, MANY
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