Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series

Collaborating Partners


MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is proud to facilitate the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series (CMWS) in partnership with the CMWS planning team comprised of the Indiana Mentoring Partnership, Kansas Mentors, the Mentoring Center of Central Ohio, the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, Institute for Youth Success (formerly Oregon Mentors), and the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Through ongoing planning and evaluation of the latest developments in the field, the team delivers a webinar each month focused on strengthening mentoring practice, sharing new resources, and helping the field put research into practice.

The network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships works to strengthen the mentoring field by offering trainings to practitioners, promoting quality standards for mentoring programs, and increasing local mentoring resources. This webinar series offers a free, accessible platform for Mentoring Partnerships and other technical assistance providers to share their expertise with the field.

Webinars are held monthly on the 3rd Thursday at:

  • 10:00AM-11:15AM Pacific
  • 11:00AM-12:15PM Mountain
  • 12:00PM-1:15PM Central
  • 1:00PM-2:15PM Eastern

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!

Next Live Webinar

Peer Mentoring: A Discussion with Experienced Practitioners

Thursday, April 16, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EDT


While peer mentoring is not a relatively new practice, in the last decade we have learned more about how to run effective peer mentoring programs. When peer mentoring programs commit to developing a structured, relationship-focused program model, the positive effects on both the mentor and the mentee are vast. In this webinar, we will be joined by Margo Ross, Psy.D., the Senior Director of Development at the Center for Supportive Schools, who will be discussing their Peer Group Connection (PGC) program and the theoretical basis for why they structured the program the way they did. Tammy Potts, District Coordinator for Basehor-Linwood Mentors and CareCats, will join the conversation highlighting their CareCats peer mentoring program model, and providing insight about the importance of incorporating best practices into the peer mentoring model. Join this webinar for a dialogue about how mentoring professionals can, “tap into schools’ most underutilized resources—students—and enlist them in strengthening the educational offerings of the school, while simultaneously advancing their own learning, growth and development” (PGC). Come prepared with your questions for our impressive panelists!


Archived Webinars

A New Lens for Mentoring: Trauma Informed Care   (March 2015)


  • Laurie Vargas, M.S., PPSC, Mentoring for Success

List of Additional Resources
Strategies for Mentoring Youth Affected by Trauma
Self Care Assessment

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Using Research to Inform Your Mentoring Program   (February 2015)


  • David DuBois, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jennifer Tyson, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

National Mentoring Resource Center
Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring
Mentoring Partnership Network

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Leveraging Mentoring to Support Black Male Achievement   (January 2015)


  • Shawn Dove, The Campaign for Black Male Achievement
  • Steve Vassor, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
  • Natalie Meade, Maryland Mentoring Resource Center
  • James M. Riddick, Jr., Operation Reach Back
  • Sarah Kremer, Acknowledge Alliance

Institute for Black Male Achievement
National Mentoring Month
Black Star Project

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Formal and Informal Mentoring: Strengthening Networks of Support for Young People (December 2014)


  • Molly Brenner, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
  • Kent Pekel, Search Institute
  • Beth Fraster, Mass Mentoring Partnership
  • Eric Jay Rosser, Maryland Mentoring Resource Center
  • Mischa Toland, Greatness Now

The Mentoring Effect report
Graphic and framework from Connected Mentor
Developmental Relationships framework by Search Institute

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National Mentoring Month: Communicating as a Movement (November 2014)


  • Phyllis Jordan, Attendance Works
  • Diane Quest, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
  • Abbie Evans, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
  • Benji Thurber, Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership
  • Susie Merrick, SB Mentoring Program


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Restorative Relationships: Elements of Effective Mentoring for Adjudicated Youth (October 2014)


  • Roger Jarjoura, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, American Institute for Research
  • Jim St. Germain, Youth Mentor, Founder of PLOT Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow
  • James Anderson, Program Administrator, Anti-Recidivism Coalition

A Research Update from Search Institute: Developmental Relationships
Anti Recidivism Coalition
Article on How to Motivate Students to Work Hard
Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT)
Researching the Referral Stage of Youth Mentoring in Six Juvenile Justice Settings

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Harnessing the Power of Mentoring in Schools: Models and Modalities (September 2014)


  • Tim Cavell, Ph.D., University of Arkansas
  • Amanda Bayer, Ph.D., Swarthmore College
  • Tarika Barrett, Ph.D., iMentor
  • Graig Meyer, Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate
  • Damon Bethea, Be a Middle School Mentor

Amanda Bayer’s study, School-Based Mentoring Programs
Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring Programs
Tim Cavell’s studies of school-based mentoring
Tim Cavell’s projects for the Center for Research on Aggression and Victimization

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Mentoring Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (July 2014)


  • Laurie Powers, Ph.d., Portland State University
  • Summer Pommier, MSW, My Life Program
  • Alice Worrell, Project Manager, Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
  • Ed Cohn, President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

Videos about the foster care experience:
Multiple Transitions: A Young Child's Point of View about Foster Care and Adoption

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Positive Youth Development and Mentoring: Putting Assets Into Practice (June 2014)


  • Jim Conway, Search Institute
  • Linda Oto, Connected Kids Mentoring, Northfield (MN) Public Schools
  • Rebekah Holbrook, Virginia Mentoring Partnership

Download a comprehensive list of resources shared on this webinar

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Parents as Partners: Research and Strategies for Engaging Parents in Youth Mentoring Programs (May 2014)


  • Andrea Taylor, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Renee Spencer, Ph.D., Boston University
  • Antoinette Basualdo-Delmonico, Ph.D., Boston University

Download the PowerPoint Presentation

“Family Involvement” by Andrea Taylor and Lorraine Porcellini in the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (2nd Ed.)

Across Ages mentoring program

CAMP program, which includes the Super Saturdays event

Recording and slides from “Family Engagement: The Secret Sauce for Successful Youth Mentoring Programs,” workshop at the 2014 National Mentoring Summit

Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Parent & Family Engagement in Mentoring Staff Training Handbook

New research: “Understanding Parent Engagement to Enhance Mentoring Outcomes” 

Parent engagement strategies shared by webinar attendees

Going the Distance: New Insights on Mentor Retention (April 2014)


  • Molly Frendo, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Amy Pomeranz Essley, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
  • Steve Gibson, Project Leadership

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“Text Messages: Helping Volunteer Managers Be Successful” by Molly Frendo

“Engaging Volunteers Through Social Media” by Molly Frendo

“Examining Commitment and Relational Maintenance in Formal Youth Mentoring Relationships” by Patricia E. Gettings and Steven R. Wilson

“Self-determination theory: A framework for understanding volunteer motivation and retention” by Molly Frendo, published in the International Journal of Volunteer Administration XXIX (3), 4-12.

Mentor Screening and Youth Protection (March 2014)


  • Sarah Kremer, Friends for Youth Mentoring Institute

Download SAFE Reccommended Tools Process PDF

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Introduction to the National Mentoring Resource Center (February 2014)


  • Jim Antal, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

  • Cheri Faunce, Kansas Mentors

  • Tim Cavell, Ph.D., University of Arkansas

  • Kevin Pinkston, Ph.D, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Thaddeus Ruzskowski, FirstPic. Inc.

  • Allison D’Aurora, FirstPic, Inc.

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Briefing: New National Report on Young People's Perspectives on Mentoring (January 2014)


  • David Shapiro, President & CEO, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

  • Tammy Tai, Chief Program Officer, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

  • Diane Quest, Director of Marketing & Communications, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

  • Venessa Marks, Vice President, Research, Innovation, and Growth, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

  • Tommy McClam, Director of Mentoring, YouthBuild USA

  • Tarika Barrett, Chief Program Officer, iMentorDavid Shapiro, MENTOR

Visit The Mentoring Effect page on the MENTOR website for the: Press Release, Fact Sheet, Influential Voices, Executive Summary and The Mentoring Effect Full Report

Visit the National Mentoring Month website for template communications tools related to The Mentoring Effect report: Key Message and Social Media Brief, Template Press Release, Template Pitch Letter, Fact Sheet, Influential Voices and The Mentoring Effect Q&A

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Did it Work? Evaluating Youth Outcomes in Relationship-Based Programs (December 2013)


  • Tom Drummond, College Dreams
  • Meghan Ferns, Oregon Mentors
  • Michael Garringer, Education Northwest
  • Celeste Janssen, Oregon Mentors

Download a comprehensive list of all resources mentioned on this webinar, including tools and resources related to:

Theory of Change

Measuring mentoring relationships

Making the case for intermediary outcomes

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Leveraging National Mentoring Month (November 2013)


  • Tammy Tai, MENTOR
  • Mai-Anh Kapanke, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
  • Diane Quest, MENTOR
  • Abbie Evans, MENTOR
  • Kristan Allen, Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Access National Mentoring Month Resources

Access broadcast quality mentoring PSAs

Download MPM’s PR toolkit

Watch and share The Social Media Revolution

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Group Mentoring: Bridging Research and Effective Practice (October 2013)


  • Gabriel Kuperminc, Georgia Southern University
  • Jerry Sherk, Mentor Management Systems

Read the “Group Mentoring” chapter in the Handbook of Youth Mentoring, Second Edition.

Read Jerry Sherk’s “Designing and Implementing a Group Mentoring Program,” part of the Mentoring Tactics series.

Contact Gabriel Kuperminc at

Contact Jerry Sherk at

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Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Mentoring Relationships (August 2013)


  • Dr. Bernadette Sánchez, Associate Professor of Psychology at DePaul University

Download the Presentation Slides

Read the “Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Mentoring” chapter in the Handbook on Youth Mentoring, 2nd Edition – You can order the Handbook here using discount code N121019.

View the National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)

Read about the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Initiative cultural and linguistic competence (CLC) Toolkit

Visit the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University's Center for Child and Human Development

Learn more about Carol Dweck's Mindset Series

Download Ethnocultural Empathy subscales from Wang et al. (2003), including scales for Empathic Feeling and Expression and Acceptance of Cultural Differences

Download the Cultural Sensitivity Mentee Measure by Sánchez, B., & DuBois, D.L. (2006)

Men in Mentoring (July 2013)


  • Amber Troupe, Director of Mentor Michigan

Download the Presentation Slides

Visit Mentor Michigan’s website to access the complete Men in Mentoring Toolkit, along with talking points for the following:

  • Recruiting Younger Men
  • Recruiting Older Men
  • Women Recruiting Men
  • Religious Leader Recruiting Men
  • Recruiter to Employer
  • Employers Recruiting Male Employees
  • After the Application

Exploring the Role of Risk in Youth Mentoring (May 2013)


  • David DuBois, PhD, University of Illinois - Chicago
  • Carla Herrera, Consultant
  • Janet Heubach, Washington State Mentors

Download the Presentation Slides

Access the Role of Risk full report and Executive Summary

Read the Child Trends report to which youth in the Role of Risk study were compared, Cumulative Risks Among American Children

Read articles by Dr. David DuBois on depression and mentoring on the Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring, including “Do Mentees Just Wanna Have Fun?” and “How Does Mentoring Benefit Youth? Let’s Count the Ways”

Learn more about the Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaires

Learn more about the Moods and Feelings Questionnaire referenced in the webinar

Read Renee Spencer’s “It’s Not What I Expected” article


I Choose You: A Look at Youth-Initiated Mentoring (April 2013)


  • Drs. Sarah Schwartz and Jean Rhodes (University of Massachusetts-Boston)

Download the PowerPoint Presentation

Download Schwartz and Rhodes’ 2013 paper on this topic, “Supporting the Transition to Adulthood among High School Dropouts: An Impact Study of the National Guard Youth Challenge"

Youth Mentoring in Contemporary Perspective-The Handbook of Youth Mentoring (March 2013)

Featuring the Co-Editors of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring, Second Edition:

  • David DuBois, PhD, University of Illinois - Chicago
  • Michael Karcher, PhD,  University of Texas – San Antonio

Download the PowerPoint Presentation

You can order the Handbook here using discount code N121019.

Advocate and Raise Our Collective Voices in Support of Mentoring (February 2013)


  • Janet Forbush, Consultant
  • Elena Sokolow-Kaufman, Manager of Government & Field Resources, Mass Mentoring Partnership

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Looking Back, Looking Forward (January 2013)


  • Michael Garringer, Education Northwest
  • Sarah Kremer, Friends for Youth Mentoring Institute
  • Polly Roach, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
  • Meghan Ferns, Oregon Mentors

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Archived Webinars 2012

You can view all of the 2012 webinars in the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series. Scroll down the right-hand side to select from the archived webinars.