Events Page

Welcome to MENTOR’s Events page, where you can find everything from webinars to local happenings. 

 Upcoming Events

CMWS Webinar: How to Expand Mentoring Relationships with Opportunity Youth

Tues, Nov 15, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST

For nearly 5 million youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school or employed, mentoring relationships are critical to helping them increase access, leverage opportunities and build the confidence and skills to pursue their education, career and life goals. On this webinar, we will hear from as a few mentoring programs ranging from small grassroots programs to larger national ones, as well as a representative from MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, to hear about what programs across the country are doing to support this group of young people. We believe that all youth should have access to caring adults that promote their passions, enable their access to spaces where those passions can be pursued, and help them overcome both personal and professional obstacles. Join us on November 15th to learn about these programs, how they are implemented, and tangible ways to implement these practices in your own program!

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IMPACT Webinar: Engaging Young Men of Color in Conversations on Masculinity

Tues, Dec 11, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Presented by JPMorgan Chase and MENTOR, the December 2018 IMPACT Webinar will feature our guide for mentors on engaging young men of color in conversations on masculinity. This webinar will spotlight takeaways from the guide and support the audience in considering the importance of engaging in dialogue about the intersections of identity, power, and privilege centered on gender identity. Informed by research, practice and the experiences of young men from JPMorgan Chase’s The Fellowship Initiative, we will present practical tips on how to support the development of cultures and relationships that encourage young men to explore expressions of masculinity in service of healthy decision making, self-development, and care for others. 

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 Past Events: October 2018

IMPACT Webinar: Diverse Ways Corporations Support Youth Mentoring

Tues, Oct 30, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Our October IMPACT webinar featured MENTOR Affiliates and their corporate partners to showcase the diverse ways that companies are supporting and engaging in the youth mentoring movement. We highlighted effective practices for building, managing and sustaining partnerships.


  • Daniel Horgan, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership


  • Amber Roos, Altria
  • Catharine Shay, 3M
  • C.T Ransdell, Mass Mentoring Partnership
  • Elizabeth Bass, Virginia Mentoring Partnership
  • Jess Anna Glover, MENTOR Minnesota
  • Rebecca Crossley, ALKU

Board Engagement

Thu, Oct 18, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT

This webinar will explore the importance of building a strong board for you program by delving into 4 main areas of focus: recruitment, onboarding, engagement, and board assessment! Join us to receive tangible experiences and tools that you can apply to your program and ensure you are on the right track.


  • Colleen Fedor, Executive Director, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • John Pinter, CEO, Pinter Consulting

 Past Events: September 2018

Tools, Resources and Models Supporting Corporate Engagement in Youth Mentoring

Tues, Sept 25, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Our September 2018 IMPACT webinar will feature a variety of tools, resources and models that support corporate engagement in youth mentoring. We will highlight an on-the-go mobile learning app for youth from ASU, customer service training and credentialing opportunities from the National Retail Federation Foundation, and an Adopt-a-Class youth mentoring model engaging mentors from US Bank, Kroger, P&G, Merrill Lynch, Fifth Third Bank, Macy’s and more. There will be plenty of time for Q&A as well.


  • Daniel Horgan, Senior Director of Corporate Engagement at MENTOR


  • Brian Nethero, Project Manager of EdPlus at Arizona State University
  • Shana Treger, Director of Learning & Credentials at the National Retail Federation Foundation
  • Julie Shifman, Executive Director of Adopt-a-Class

School-Integrated Mentoring

Thu, Sept 20, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT

A school is a natural hub for connections between young people and adults, and therefore can be a good place to build mentoring relationships for students in your communities. In this webinar you will hear from MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership about school-integrated mentoring and explore how you can begin building a school-integrated program in your district. The panelists will be exploring their own learning after going through this process, and will be discussing how they leveraged relationships to make it happen.


  • Delia Hagan, Director of Program and Training Delivery, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
  • Derald Davis, Assistant Superintendent, Kansas City Public Schools
  • Christine Lloyd, Director of Integrated Wellness, Connecting Youth

A Night of Unity

Thu, Sept 20, 2018 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

“A Night of Unity” will be a celebration of impact, hosted at The Players’ Tribune headquarters in Manhattan’s Canoe Studios on Thursday, September 20. Join us for an evening of networking with high profile individuals from sports, media, and business, where you will participate in fun and unique activations, and hear powerful stories from those whose lives have been changed through mentoring and sport.

 Past Events: August 2018

Supporting and Inspiring Native Youth

Thu, Aug 16, 2018 – 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST

There is no one-size fits all model for working with or within American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Instead, we invite you to engage in some reflection around how you can create the conditions needed to support and inspire Native youth through mentoring or other youth development programming. Creating conditions means examining your program structure, communication strategies and personal biases to make sure you are not inadvertently perpetuating oppressive systems. It’s also important to understand Native communities and the ways in which mentoring and other programming can support youth within those communities. Join us as we hear from researchers, practitioners and leaders in Native communities as we discuss best practices and research findings in supporting and inspiring Native youth.


  • Cortney Yarholar, Program Manager at the OJJDP Tribal Youth TTA Center
  • Dr. Crystal Aschenbrener, Department Chair of Social Work at Alverno College
  • Christian Weaver, Director of Organizational Development for the Native Services division of Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • Mike Garringer, Director of Research and Evaluation at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

 Past Events: July 2018

The Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring

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:

  • Thomas Akiva University of Pittsburgh
  • Alison Drew Boston University
  • David DuBois University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Roger Jarjoura American Institutes of Research
  • Sam McQuillin University of South Carolina
  • Janis Kupersmidt and Kathryn Stump Innovation Research & Training
  • Meghan Perry and Susan Walsh Friends of the Children


Mentoring Youth with Disabilities: An Opportunity for Friendship, Awareness, and A World of Possibility

Thu, July 19, 2018 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

At the heart of youth mentoring is the idea that every young person needs and deserves to have a caring, committed adult in their life to listen and help them realize their potential. EVERY young person implies an inclusive landscape – but too often, youth with disabilities are not included or considered when we design our youth mentoring programs. How can programs engage and be more responsive to youth with disabilities and what programmatic elements are needed? Also, we know that youth with disabilities are not a monolithic group and have different abilities and challenges. How do we incorporate programming that serves youth with physical AND developmental disabilities?

Join us as we discuss best practice elements and research findings in designing and implementing mentoring programs for youth with disabilities. In addition to mentoring program practitioners, you will hear from a parent who advocates for, and knows the benefit of, mentoring and inclusion for youth with disabilities.


  • Cheryl Howard – Neal, Director of Programs and Partnerships – MENTOR Illinois


  • Elesha Nightingale, Program Coordinator (Access Living – Disability Justice Mentoring Collective – Chicago, IL)
  • Genelle C. Thomas, Director of National Initiatives (Partners for Youth with Disabilities – Somerville, MA)
  • Kristin Humphrey, Mentoring Director (Partners for Youth with Disabilities – Somerville, MA)
  • Cindy Montgomery (Parent and Founder/CEO of Teachability – Chicago, IL)

The 2018 National Family and Community Engagement Conference

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.


  • Delia Hagan, Director of Program and Training Delivery, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

 Past Events: June 2018

Understanding Youth-initiated Mentoring and How to Employ this Strategy with Today’s Youth

Thu, June 21, 2018 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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.


  • Sarah Schwartz, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Suffolk University
  • Melissa Beagley – Mentoring Services Coordinator, Midlands Mentoring Partnership
  • Ellie Cuifalo – Youth Mentor Program Coordinator, Klingberg Family Centers

 Past Events: May 2018

Recruiting and Preparing Success Mentors, Students and Families for a Successful Mentoring Experience

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.


  • To provide Success Mentors program coordinators, and other school-based mentoring professionals, with a timeline, strategies, and tools for recruiting Success Mentors.
  • Review qualities of an effective mentor, and considerations/resources for screening mentors.
  • Share strategies and information about effectively recruiting students and families for Success Mentors programs to prepare them for a successful mentoring relationship.


  • Delia Hagan, Program Director, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
  • Jean Lahage Cohen, Executive Director, Mentor NY

Impact Webinar: Research-informed Recommendations for STEM Mentoring Programs 

Tues, May 22, 2018 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Session Description:

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.


  • Daniel Horgan, Senior Director of Corporate Engagement at MENTOR


  • Mike Garringer, Director of Knowledge Management at MENTOR
  • Ragnar von Schiber, Associate Director of Corporate Citizenship & Engagement at Genentech
  • Michael Kennedy, Director and Research Professor at the Science in Society Research Center at Northwestern University
  • Katie Cubina, Senior Vice President of Mission Programs at the Sea Research Foundation

CMWS Webinar: Strategies for Creating Ongoing Mentor Training 

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.

FLIPPING ESSA: Achieving Success through Student Engagement 

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!

 Past Events: April 2018

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.

Panelists include:

• 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:

  • The importance of opening the “black box” of the mentoring relationship itself
  • Understanding program processes by evaluating specific practices
  • Mixed methods methodologies in service of telling a complete story of program success

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.


  • Michael Karcher – UT-San Antonio
  • Sam McQuillin – University of South Carolina
  • Nancy Deutsch – University of Virginia
  • Michael Garringer – MENTOR (facilitator)

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.

Speakers include:

  • Daniel Horgan, Senior Director of Corporate Engagement at MENTOR (moderator)
  • Bari Saltman, Manager of Social Impact at LinkedIn

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:

  • Organizational readiness for evaluation across the program lifespan
  • Bridging the worlds of research and practice in evaluation planning
  • The importance of measuring implementation fidelity
  • Agreeing on measurement tools and data collection protocols
  • Planning for participant attrition and other data collection challenges

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.


  • Michael Karcher – UT-San Antonio
  • Gabe Kuperminc – Georgia State University
  • Michael Garringer – MENTOR (facilitator)

 Past Events: March 2018

Expanding Corporate Engagement: Strengthening Infrastructure

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.

 Past Events: February 2018

Tips and Tools for Supporting Healthy Matches

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.

Cultivating a Growth Mindset within Your Organization and Mentoring Programs

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.

 Past Events: January 2018

National Mentoring Summit


2018 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


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.

The Power of Purpose

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.