Summit Updates

National Mentoring Summit Holds Eye to Eye Discussion On Mentoring Youth from the LD/ADHD Perspective

The Summit session panel included Matt Barnett and Chelsea Guild, Eye to Eye mentors; Tammy Tai, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership; David Flink, co-founder of Eye to Eye; and Isaiah Walker, Eye to Eye mentor.

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January 25, 2013: 1:00 p.m.

View the slides from the following of today's breakout sessions:

(9:30 - 10:45 a.m. sessions)

(11:00am - 12:15 p.m. sessions)

(2:15-3:30 p.m. sessions)

(3:45-5 p.m. sessions)


January 25, 2013: 10:00 a.m.

Politicians, Peace-Makers and Partners Open Second Day Of the National Mentoring Summit

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Keynote speaker Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD) with Candace Handy, former mentee, student at Towson University and employee with Rebuilding Together Baltimore;Tonya Wiley, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership; and Selwyn Ray, Maryland Mentoring Partnership/Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake.

View the presentation by Peace First.


January 24, 2013: 7:15 p.m.

Ernst & Young sponsored last night's Summit networking reception.

Michelle Ng and John Tierney (E&Y); David Shapiro (MENTOR); Rene Salas and Rita Mort Shankel (E&Y); Leroy Nesbitt (College for Every Student); and Kathryn Delli-Colli (E&Y)

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January 24, 2013: 6:45 p.m.

Middle School Moment at the National Mentoring Summit Connects Youth Mentoring with School Dropout Prevention

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Watch part of the Middle School Moment video screened at the summit.


January 24, 2013: 6:40 p.m.

View the slides from the following Afternoon Breakout sessions:

(2:30-3:45pm sessions)

(4:00-5:15pm sessions)


January 24, 2013: 12:45 p.m.

Corporate and Philanthropic Leadership Exchange Brought Together Nation's Corporations and Foundations to Advance Youth Mentoring in America: 

Bank of America Charitable Foundation and MENTOR Co-Hosted Robust Discussion On Mentoring in Corporate America

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Representatives from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation Include (L-R): Kristy Teskey, Melissa Anguilla, Susan Portugal, & Abby Goward


January 24, 2013: 12:30 p.m.

National Mentoring Summit Opens Today With Inspiring Mentor/Mentee Kickoff

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January 24, 2013: 12:00 p.m.

View the slides from the following Morning Breakout Sessions (II):


January 24, 2013: 10:30 a.m.

View the slides from the following Morning Breakout Sessions (I):


January 23, 2013

Excellence in Mentoring in America Awards Presented at Library of Congress:

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Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation; Geoff Boisi, Co-Founder of MENTOR and Chairman, Roundtable Investment Partners LLC; Senator Charles Schumer (D. NY); Willem Kooyker, Chairman of MENTOR and Chairman of Blenheim Capital Management. LLC, David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR

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Founder of Practice Makes Perfect to Speak at 2015 National Mentoring Summit

December 2014

Karim Abouelnaga is the founder of Practice Makes Perfect, a nonprofit that provides poor and struggling youth with mentorship and academic resources that are beyond the reach of their urban public schools. He will be a featured speaker in the National Mentoring Summit’s Friday afternoon closing plenary session titled, “Youth Movement Leaders: At the Crossroads of Mentoring and Education”. Read more about Karim’s inspiration and motivation for investing in mentoring and why he is honored to speak at the Summit.

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Register for the National Mentoring Summit for a Chance to Win

November 2014

Are you planning to register for the 2015 National Mentoring Summit? Did you miss out on the opportunity to win a complimentary hotel stay for the event? There is one more chance to register for the Summit to be entered into a drawing for a prize!

Register before December 19, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST and you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card!* The gift card has no expiration date and can be used at any retailer where American Express is accepted. If you’re already registered for the event, share this contest opportunity with a colleague!

Congratulations to Danica Baker of Friends First as the winner of the last Summit contest! She has received one complimentary two-night hotel stay courtesy of the   Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown.

To learn more about the National Mentoring Summit, workshops, supporters, and other Summit engagement opportunities, visit our Summit event webpage.

* Incentive Terms and Conditions

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Mentoring’s Role in Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline

February 2014

James Anderson spent five years in and out of the California prison system before the age of 20. In his own words he says, “I felt so worthless that I believed that’s where I belonged. I was that kid that you pointed at and said ‘forget about him. He’s hopeless. He’s never going to change.’ Yet one person came into my life and helped me realize I was worth something.” That person became his mentor.

The Unites States leads the industrialized world in the rate at which young people are incarcerated. This system is costly to operate, puts youth at risk for injury and abuse and has been proven ineffective in reducing recidivism. This panel will explore ways to keep young people from becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, and demonstrate how mentoring relationships and the wider mentoring field work to interrupt and dismantle the school to prison pipeline and how the impact of those efforts can be enhanced.

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Featured Speaker: NBC News’ Meet the Press Moderator David Gregory

November 2013

NBC News’ Meet the Press moderator David Gregory will lend his skills to facilitate a plenary session at the 2014 National Mentoring Summit. With a panel of experts, he will delve into factors that contribute to a school to prison pipeline, exploring ways to keep young people from becoming involved with the juvenile justice system and looking at how mentoring relationships and the wider mentoring field work to intervene. In addition to his talent as a journalist and storyteller, Mr. Gregory brings personal experience to the plenary through his volunteerism as a mentor with Sasha Bruce Youthwork in Washington, D.C. This plenary will take place on Thursday, January 30, 2014 during lunchtime.

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Excitement Builds for 2014 National Mentoring Summit in Arlington, VA.

October 2013

Invaluable. Enriching. Extraordinary. Awesome.

Participants certainly don’t have a hard time finding the right words to describe the 2013 National Mentoring Summit. So, is it any wonder that so many of them are planning on returning to the 2014 Summit, scheduled for Jan. 30-31 in Arlington, VA.

“The Summit gets better every year, offering more concrete and relevant information on how to implement best practices standards in mentoring programs,” said Jeannette Simon, director of volunteer and mentoring services at Concerned Black Men National, which is returning again as a Supporting Organization of the Summit.

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Legendary Baseball Player Cal Ripken Jr. Headlines National Mentoring Summit

September 2013

Cal Ripken Jr., known as baseball’s all-time Iron Man playing 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and earning a record-breaking career, will be the featured opening speaker at the 2014 National Mentoring Summit.

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