Welcome to MENTOR’s Events page, where you can find everything from webinars to local happenings.
Thu, Jun 21, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
Successful recruitment of mentors is a benchmark of overall program quality, yet according to the 2016 National Mentoring Program Survey, recruiting mentors is the number one challenge of mentoring programs. What if young people could identify a caring adult they want for a mentor? Youth-initiated mentoring is gaining momentum throughout the country. It involves engaging non-parental adults from young people’s own social networks to serve as mentors. In this webinar, panelists will discuss key elements of this practice as well as challenges youth-initiated programs experience and assets they possess. Panelists will discuss what the research says about this innovative practice, how to support young people as they identify and contact a mentor, and the challenges that arise when the relationship transforms from informal to purposeful and goal-oriented. Hear from a leading researcher in the field of youth-initiated mentoring, a mentoring Affiliate in how they support this practice, and a mentoring program representative.
July 11-13, 2018 in Cleveland, OH.
The Institute for Educational Leadership’s 2018 National Family and Community Engagement Conference will take place on July 11-13, 2018 in Cleveland, OH. This is an excellent capacity building opportunity for educators, other para-professionals, parent leaders and a range of stakeholders to learn strategies and best practices that focus on solutions that enhance and expand engagement through family-school-community partnerships. MENTOR is presenting on Friday, July 13 from 9:15-10:30 AM.
Mentoring Relationships: A Vehicle for Timely & Meaningful Student Support
What stands in the way of your students’ success? Learn how mentoring relationships can uncover true student needs, inform an intentional school-integrated mentoring program design that helps connect students with the right supports at the right time, and cultivate belonging for students and adults.
July 23-26, 2018 in Portland, OR.
The Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring offers a distinctive educational opportunity for experienced mentoring professionals to learn about new research and examine its implications for program policies and practices. In 2018, the event will focus on the theme of program quality improvement, with research addressing quality improvement implementation processes and program outcomes presented by leading scholars:
Wed, May 23, 2018 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Want to roll out a Success Mentors program at your school or district? Many school-based mentoring programs struggle to recruit enough mentors to meet the needs of students in their school. Join us to hear tried and true strategies to help you mobilize your school and district community and recruit caring adult mentors, as well as considerations for finding the right mentors to support your students. Learn best practices for recruiting students and families for the program as well, and preparing them for a successful mentoring experience.
Tues, May 22, 2018 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
The May 2018 IMPACT webinar will feature research-informed recommendations for mentoring programs with a science, technology, engineering and/or math focus. We will be previewing our latest supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice focused on STEM mentoring, highlighting examples of research-to-practice from some of the leading STEM mentoring programs across the country. There will be plenty of time for Q&A as well.
Thu, May 17, 2018 – 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
Most mentoring programs involve their mentors in an initial training before they are matched, but fewer programs provide ongoing training as those matches take shape. This webinar describes the benefits of holding post-match mentor trainings, and it also reviews strategies for creating these workshops, beginning with how to identify pertinent training topics. In addition to exploring strategies for supervision and problem-solving, panelists will cover specific training techniques and exercises that can be used to help mentors build the skills needed to work with young people. Webinar attendees will receive access to a wide array of curriculum that can be used to create their own ongoing mentor training sessions. Longtime mentoring consultants and trainers Jerry Sherk M.A. and Judy Strother Taylor of the California Mentoring Partnership will join with Wesley West of Project Arrive to bring this exciting webinar to the field.
A National Convening of the NSAESC
May 9-10, 2018 – Baltimore, MD.
MENTOR is proud to be a presenting partner at the NSAESC’s convening on May 9-10, 2018. Join us and Mentor New York, MENTOR Nebraska, and Maryland MENTOR for sessions on Success Mentors, trauma-informed mentoring, match support, and more!
CMWS Webinar: Promoting Screening Practices for Safety and Suitability of Mentors
April 26, 2018. Mentor screening is critical to establishing a safe environment within our mentoring programs. Practitioners have the important yet oftentimes overwhelming responsibility of ensuring that program participants are safe from harm and set up to flourish from the support of a suitable, well-trained adult. But how can practitioners develop comprehensive screening policies and procedures to ensure the program only admits volunteer mentors that are safe to be around? And how can we discern whether volunteers are suitable for the program in terms of commitment level and mission alignment? Join this webinar as seasoned practitioners take participants through the Screening section of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring and explore how programs can determine whether a volunteer is a good fit. Panelists will discuss screening for safety and suitability, behavior-based interview questions, and myths and realities around background checks. Panelists will also provide additional research and resources that will help your program align with best practices.
• Brian Sales, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
• Unique Saunders, MENTOR Independence Region
Webinar #2 – Key Methodological Considerations for Understanding Mentoring Relationships and Outcomes
April 20, 2018. This webinar reviews several important methodological considerations for evaluating mentoring program operations and outcomes, including strategies that can help researchers and program staff uncover what’s working (and not) with their matches and tell a nuanced story about how their program achieves its impact. Topics covered include:
This webinar will provide valuable guidance to any evaluator, researcher, or program leader on the subtle things to look for that define and explain the “magic” of mentoring relationships and programs.
Leveraging LinkedIn to Support Career Mentoring with Youth
April 18, 2018. Presented by: MENTOR & LinkedIn The April 2018 IMPACT webinar will feature LinkedIn Coaches which introduces youth to professional branding, networking and the LinkedIn platform. We’ll discuss how youth can create profiles, build networks and find jobs on LinkedIn, and we will explore how you might integrate this curriculum into your mentoring program. We will discuss partnership advice, target program outcomes and employee engagement tactics, leaving plenty of time for questions from webinar participants.
Learn more about the IMPACT Webinar Series here.
Community Challenge Competition – Technical Assistance on Mentoring
April 17, 2018. The Obama Foundation launched a formal Request for Proposals for the first ever My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Competition. The Competition will provide strategic support and more than $5 million in grants to help accelerate impact for boys and young men of color in the jurisdictions that accepted President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge.
A series of technical assistance webinars will be hosted throughout the months of April and May to ensure applicants have relevant information and guidance to submit a competitive application. Check out this webinar hosted by MBKA and MENTOR on April 17, 2018 on Technical Assistance on Mentoring.
Webinar #1 – Planning Meaningful Evaluations and Research Projects in Youth Mentoring
April 6, 2018. This webinar focuses on how evaluators and researchers can partner effectively with mentoring programs to design projects that maximize value to program stakeholders while facilitating high-quality data collection and analysis. Presenters will share tips to promote researcher-practitioner collaboration and lessons learned related to:
Whether you are an experienced researcher new to youth mentoring contexts, or a program thinking about improving the quality of your evaluation efforts this event will offer key lessons learned and strategies from several of the leading researchers in the mentoring field.
March 15, 2018 Businesses have so much to offer our programs beyond sponsorship and direct-service volunteers. Join this webinar to explore ways that corporate partnerships can strengthen organizational infrastructure and build your capacity. Learn best practices and tools to truly leverage skills-based / pro bono corporate volunteers and engage corporate employees in boards and committees that are active and aligned with your organizational goals. This conversation is facilitated by Audrey Cruz from Mentor Colorado and features experts Danielle Holly, CEO of Common Impact and Daniel Horgan, Senior Director of Corporate Engagement at MENTOR. Learn more here.
February 22, 2018 What does a healthy match look like? What are some common issues that arise between mentors and mentees, and mentors and parents? What are the steps staff can take to both prevent and address these? Facilitated by Dr. Dustianne North and Jerry Sherk, M.A. of the California Mentoring Partnership, this webinar focuses on strategies that will help programs to improve their methods of providing match support. This training will feature a number of concrete tools programs can implement with ease. Dr. Naida Silverthorn will also outline key measures of match success and support identified in the upcoming monitoring portion of the OJJDP National Mentoring Resource Center’s Measurement Guidance Toolkit, which can guide both practice and program evaluation. Learn more here.
February 21, 2018 This month’s IMPACT webinar will explore how foundations, corporations and mentoring programs alike are focusing on growth mindset as a strategy to increase equity, relationships and impact. Growth mindset, a concept pioneered by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, is the belief that attributes, such as intelligence and abilities, can be developed and enhanced over time through hard work and practice, effective strategies, and input from others. Research shows that when people possess a growth mindset, they are more persistent with their effort and are better equipped to respond positively to adversity. With a growth mindset, we can make our organizations and programs more inclusive as well as enhance relationships among staff, mentors and mentees. Register today for this webinar to gain practical advice and be equipped with tangible tools to advance a growth mindset within your organization and mentoring programs. Panelists will share why growth mindset is a priority within their organizations and how they’ve intentionally fostered it within their teams and mentoring matches. Learn more here.
National Mentoring Summit
January 24-26, 2018 The eighth annual National Mentoring Summit will take place 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. Learn more about this event here.
Capitol Hill Day
January 24, 2018 Join hundreds of your colleagues on January 24, 2018 for the fourth annual Capitol Hill Day by signing up to participate when you register for the Summit*. This important advocacy event brings Members of Congress and their staff face to face with mentors, advocates, professionals and researchers to talk about critical issues facing the country’s young people and the legislation and policies they can help implement to expand access to quality mentoring opportunities for youth. Learn more here.
January 18, 2018 What is the true power of purpose? In turbulent times, a sense of purpose can ground us, nourish us, and inspire us to act. Young people with a sense of purpose are better equipped to use their unique skills and strengths to contribute to the world beyond themselves, leading to a sense of fulfillment and wellbeing. Mentoring programs can play a key role in helping young people to uncover their purpose by initiating conversations that empower young people to follow their passions. Join this webinar as Dr. Kendall Bronk, researcher and Associate Professor of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, shares what the research says about youth purpose and how adults can support young people in navigating the path to purpose. L-Mani Viney, Executive Director at The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, will discuss his program’s approach to “purpose development” by exploring strategies and ideas that foster purpose. Learn more here.