National Mentoring Summit


2019 National Mentoring Summit

The ninth annual National Mentoring Summit will take place

January 30-February 1, 2019

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.

Questions about the Summit? Send them to or call 857-304-0846.


Register for the 2019 National Mentoring Summit today.

Standard: $395 | PPT: $450


Rooms are close to selling out, don’t miss out on booking your accommodation!

Book Your Room Today


Agenda at a Glance


Tuesday, January 29, 2019
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.Capitol Hill Day Training
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.Capitol Hill Day Breakfast and Kickoff (Hill Day Meetings 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.Welcome Reception on Capitol Hill (optional)
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.Registration (optional)
Thursday, January 31, 2019
7:30 – 8:00 a.m.Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.2019 National Mentoring Summit Opening Plenary
9:25 – 10:55 a.m.Morning Breakout Session I
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.Morning Breakout Session II
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.Luncheon Programming
2:15 – 3:45 p.m.Afternoon Breakout Sessions
3:45 – 5:15 p.m.General Session
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.Networking Reception
Friday, February 1, 2019
7:30  – 8:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.Morning Breakout Session I
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Morning Breakout Session II
12:00  – 2:00 p.m.General Session and Lunch

2019 Workshops

The 2019 National Mentoring Summit features more than 80 workshops that explore our annual theme, “Building Relationships, Advancing the Movement.” This year’s workshops offer a versatile array of prevalent topics such as mentoring immigrant youth, how to make programmatic changes based on research and data, collective impact in the mentoring field, and mentoring youth with mental health challenges. Workshop sessions showcase exemplary program models, collaborations, research, and innovations that have positive implications for strengthening the mentoring field. There will be three workshop sessions on Thursday, January 31 and two workshop sessions on Friday, February 1, 2019. Please browse the workshops here as you will be asked to select your workshops during registration.  

The 2019 National Mentoring Summit will feature six tracks that highlight specific areas of interest! These tracks will enable attendees to easily register for workshops most applicable to a specific area of focus and will provide enhanced networking opportunities through designed opportunities to connect to others in the same track. This year’s tracks are: Advocacy, Philanthropic Partnerships, Culturally Specific Practices, Research, Supporting the Mentoring Match, and Non-Profit Management. View all sessions below or select a topic to view a sampling of workshop options. 

View Sessions

2019 Workshop Presenters

The National Mentoring Summit attracts presenters who are leaders in the field of mentoring. The Summit highlights the work of researchers, mentoring practitioners, corporate and philanthropic partners, and mentoring advocates. See a list of this year’s presenters here.

View Presenters

Location & Hotel

The 2019 National Mentoring Summit will take place January 30 – February 1, 2019 at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown. Rooms are offered at a discounted rate of only $209 per night plus tax. Every year the hotel has reached capacity, so book today!

ADDRESS: 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

  • Near downtown, this high-rise hotel is 0.3 miles from Gallery Place Chinatown metro station, 0.8 miles from the White House and 1.3 miles from the Washington Monument.
  • The contemporary rooms and suites feature sitting areas, tea and coffeemakers and flat-screens. They also come with Wi-Fi (fee), while suites add separate living and dining areas, plus complimentary refreshments.
  • Amenities include 3 restaurants, a bar, a coffee shop and a full-service spa with a steam room. There’s also a fitness center with a sauna, as well as 31 meeting rooms.

Stay onsite in the middle of all the action- book your room now.

Book Now


Question: Can you tell me more about the Welcome Reception?

Answer: The Welcome Reception for attendees of the National Mentoring Summit will occur on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 4:00-6:00 PM on Capitol Hill! More information on specific location to come. We look forward to welcoming you to Washington, DC at this fun event with hors d’oeuvres, beverages and lots of networking!  

Question: Are there scholarships available?

Answer: Through the Summit Fellowship Program, MENTOR will be offering a limited number of professional development scholarships to mentoring practitioners who are making a deep impact in the field, but are unable to attend the National Mentoring Summit due to financial barriers. Fellows will receive complimentary admission to the National Mentoring Summit, a $1,000 travel and accommodations stipend, and access to exclusive networking opportunities. Fellows are responsible for booking and managing their own travel and lodging and assume any additional costs that may be incurred. Approximately 10-15 Fellows will be selected pending funding for the Program. Applications open on August 1, 2018 and close on September 1, 2018. Eligible applicants must be a full time employee for a mentoring program that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Organizations must be based in the United States, in operation for at least 3 years and have an annual mentoring program budget (not organization budget) of $150,000 or less. Prior to submission, applicants must submit a request for their organization to be listed in the Mentoring Connector if they aren’t listed already. Only one applicant per organization will be selected. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected by September 25, 2018.  If you have additional questions, please contact Melissa English. 

Question: I need to pay for my registration by check or purchase order. Is this possible?

Answer: Yes, please register via our website, there is an option to request an invoice and pay by check. Please contact with any questions.

Question: When is the Early Bird rate available?

Answer: The Early Bird registration rate of $345 will be available from August 22 to October 1. After this date, registration will be $395. The Philantropic Partnership Track Early Bird rate is $425 until October 1, and will then increase to $450.

Question: When I registered I selected the option not to participate in the Capitol Hill Day event but I have changed my mind and I do want to attend. Am I still able to attend?

Answer: Yes, you may still opt-in to participate in Capitol Hill Day. Please contact us at

Question: Where can I find information about booking my hotel room, traveling to the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown, or the Summit schedule?

Answer: This site will be updated regularly with Summit information, including:

  • Online reservation link and phone number to book your guest room at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown
  • Directions and travel information
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Program schedule, including workshops, presenters, and plenary sessions
  • Summit sponsors, partners, and exhibitors
Question: I live in the D.C. area and am driving to the Summit. Where can I park?

Answer: Parking is available at the Renaissance Washington D.C. hotel at the rate of $35.00 per day. There are also several open-air parking lots adjacent to the hotel (rates vary).

Question: If I need to cancel my registration, can I receive a refund?

Answer: The refund policy is as follows:

  • A full refund, minus a $25 processing fee if cancelled by October 1, 2018
  • 75% refund if cancelled by November 30, 2018
  • 50% refund if cancelled by December 28, 2018
  • No refunds will be given after December 28, 2018
Question: Can I register for the Philanthropic Partnerships Track if I work for a nonprofit or a mentoring program?

Answer: Unfortunately, no. The Philanthropic Partnerships Track is for corporations, foundations, and individual donors and offers two events exclusive to this target audience. The track was created this way to respond to feedback from our philanthropic partners that they would like a few exclusive peer-to-peer networking opportunities. We have worked hard to strike a balance between this request and the desire from both our philanthropic and nonprofit partners to offer increased opportunities for the two audiences to learn from each other. That is why all the workshops recommended for this track are also open to all Summit attendees through the general registration process.

Question: If I register for the Philanthropic Partnerships Track can I select workshops outside of the track offerings?

Answer: Yes, when you register for the Philanthropic Partnerships Track you will have access to all 80+ workshops offered at the Summit. You can choose from those featured as part of the track or select any others that may be more relevant or interesting to you.

Contact Us

Sponsors and Exhibitors

The National Mentoring Summit is strengthened by a diverse group of Sponsors and Exhibitors. MENTOR is pleased to offer a range of National Mentoring Summit sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. These opportunities offer foundationscorporations and organizations the chance to further their missions and philanthropic interests, while increasing their visibility to the national mentoring community and to the local Washington, DC host community.

Please contact Samantha Alves, Institutional Giving Manager, at 617-303-1803 for more information.

See below for a complete listing of this year’s Summit Supporters.


Each year, MENTOR invites the nation’s leading philanthropic investors and partners in youth mentoring and those interested in exploring the issue further to connect and learn with hundreds of mentoring practitioners, policy makers, researchers and community leaders. Through interactive workshops and exclusive track programming, participants engage in meaningful discussions, peer to peer networking and invaluable idea exchanges aimed at accelerating solutions to close the mentoring gap in our country.

Standard: $450


Philanthropic Partnerships Track Offerings Include:
  • Focused track featuring 90-minute workshops on topics ranging from leveraging mentoring to advance diversity, equity and inclusion to engaging in business to business partnerships to help close the mentoring gap to supporting academic achievement and college success through mentoring. Attendees will also have access to all other Summit workshops should they wish to explore topics outside those offered in the Philanthropic Partnerships Track.
  • Private luncheon focused on surfacing innovative practices, programs and partnerships from youth perspectives to consider when investing and/or engaging in youth mentoring. 
  • Campfire Conversation & Networking Reception – This unique event will facilitate a provocative and interactive conversation with young people, researchers, practitioners, funders and audience members that explores a hot topic or timely trend impacting the mentoring field. Topic to be released in the coming months. Come for the S’mores, stay for the conversation and learning. 

Note: The Philanthropic Partnerships Track is for corporations, foundations and individual donors only. This track offers two events exclusive to this track’s target audience, however all workshops are open to any attendee through general registration. If you are a nonprofit professional interested in attending some of these workshops, you should register using the general registration process.

For more information:
Contact Kristin Howard, Senior Director of Development. at

Philanthropic Partnership Track Agenda at a Glance
Thursday, January 31, 2019
9:15 – 10:45AMLeveraging Strategic Partnerships to Scale Quality Mentoring Programs MENTOR Vermont and the A.D. Henderson Foundation have been collaborating over the past six years with the Vermont Agency of Human Services and other private funders to strategically invest in supporting and expanding mentoring across Vermont. During this session, participants will learn about the advantages of supporting local small mentoring programs by working directly with their local MENTOR Affiliate to distribute funds, provide technical assistance, and support programs to meet evidence-based best practices. Participants will be able to explore ways that they can adjust their giving strategies to have a greater collective impact on local mentoring programs in their communities.
 Exploring Definitions of Masculinity with Young Men of Color Redefining Masculinity for Young Men of Color: This workshop will share with attendees the results of our recent resource guide on how to address the issues facing young men of color that are grappling with what it means to be a man. The workshop will also include a panel/fish-bowl style conversation with high-school/college age young men of color and their notions of what it means to be a man in today’s society. This workshop will be engaging and you’ll hear directly from our youth.
11:15 – 12:45PMMentoring to Advance Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Mentoring is a viable strategy to elevate diversity, inclusion and equity in our companies and communities. In this session, we will hear from Nike, E*TRADE and LinkedIn on how they have piloted an innovative mentoring model to advance more internal and external mentoring. Featured speakers will share how the model can be replicated and deliver outcomes for youth, employees, shareholders and communities overall.
 Building Capacity, Strengthening the Field Capacity building investments play a critical role in advancing a nonprofit’s ability to grow their infrastructure, improve their program quality and scale their work. Learn how a variety of funders approach capacity building investments, how they made the case to their board/trustees, how they have bolstered their investments with wrap around support and why they think these investments play a crucial role in achieving impact. This session will help funders think about how they can incorporate capacity building support into their funding portfolio as well as educate mentoring practitioners and youth serving organizations on how to leverage the resources that already exist, identify similar funding opportunities and help their existing funders see the value of making a capacity building grants to their program.
12:45 – 2:15PMInnovations in Mentoring Luncheon (Invitation Only) This session is invitation only. The Innovations in Mentoring Luncheon is a special program of the Philanthropic Partnerships Track designed for corporations, foundations and individual donors. The luncheon, which is sponsored by EY, will feature youth speakers from multiple corporate mentoring programs sharing their experiences from their unique program models, the impact of mentoring and their advice to those investing in and/or engaging in youth mentoring. Youth will highlight innovative practices, partnerships and programming as well as engage with participants in discussions focused on maximizing the impact of youth mentoring programs.
2:15 – 3:45PMMentoring Individuals with Disabilities for Career Success This session will feature at least three philanthropic partners who have a history of investing in mentoring individuals with disabilities including the Marriott Foundation, Pearson, and Oak Foundation. Each will showcase their unique program model including the initial “why” behind their investment and engagement. Speakers will focus on how they have or plan to scale their work as well as key lessons that they have learned along their journey thus far.
 Mentoring for Academic Achievement & Employee Engagement Mentoring research highlights its impact on students’ academic achievement which helps prepare students for career success. Mentoring also can have tremendous outcomes for employers who engage their employees in school and community-based mentoring programs. This workshop will explore the importance of and strategies for building relationships among schools, community-based organizations, businesses and youth. Hear multiple perspectives including CEOs, program managers and mentors who will share their experiences, lessons learned and advice for others seeking to collaborate across sectors to enhance academic achievement and employee engagement.
5:30 – 7:00PMCampfire Conversation & Networking Reception (Invitation Only)What will it take to create more community allies as the mentoring field works to support young people in breaking down structural inequities and advancing opportunities for all? This provocative and interactive conversation with young people, leading researchers, and funders will explore the history of mentoring and how the latest research and trends are changing the way we engage and support young people. Attendees will be asked to contribute to the conversation as we discuss the impact these changes are having on mentoring programs, adult mentors, young people, key stakeholder groups and communities.
During this session you will:
• Hear about the latest research impacting the mentoring field around civic engagement, youth purpose, critical mentoring and mentoring young people of color.
• Gain insight on how these philosophical shifts impact mentoring program models, how adults participate in mentoring programs and what resources and conversations are needed to move this work forward.
• Discuss the role of and impact on communities and philanthropy in advancing opportunity for marginalized youth through mentoring.
• Leave with tangible tools and resources to navigate this work at in your community.
Friday, February 1, 2019
8:30 – 10:00AMBusiness to Business Partnerships to Help Close the Mentoring Gap This session will feature unique business to business partnerships including LinkedIn, Starbucks, and JPMC. We will highlight how these partnerships emerge, how to align them to community goals while differentiating each partner’s unique contributions, and how to measure results for all stakeholders invested. We will feature case studies on existing partnerships and tools to help facilitate new partnerships as well.
10:30  – 12:00PMIncreasing Employee Engagement in Mentoring Corporate engagement in mentoring is expanding, and employees are a viable source of mentors for the mentoring field. This session will feature employee perspectives and experiences from diverse companies and industries — featuring finalists from the Corporate Excellence in Youth Mentoring award. Each featured employee will highlight their specific mentoring engagement including what motivated them to sign up, what keeps them engaged and supported, and what they have learned along the way. They will share their firsthand advice for increasing employee engagement and closing the mentoring gap.
 Activating STEM-focused Corporate Mentoring for Community Impact This session will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the benefits of corporate mentoring volunteer programs, as well as lessons for how to operationalize such a program for the greatest impact. Corporations looking to expand their community impact through local mentoring, either to form a new program or tighten or expand an existing one, will walk away with scalable models and resources to bring back to their organizations. The session will include a panel discussion from corporate leaders who have activated such programs in their own organizations sharing best-practices, strategies, and results followed by an audience Q&A and facilitated workshop.

Note: The Philanthropic Partnerships Track is for corporations, foundations and individual donors only. This track offers two events exclusive to this track’s target audience, however all workshops are open to any attendee through general registration. If you are a nonprofit professional interested in attending some of these workshops, you should register using the general registration process.


On January 30, 2019, MENTOR will convene leaders in the youth mentoring field at an invitation-only Excellence in Mentoring Awards Dinner to kick off the National Mentoring Summit. At this pre-Summit dinner hosted by our Board of Directors, we will honor champions of mentoring with the annual Excellence in Mentoring Awards.  

The application for the 2019 Excellence in Mentoring Awards is now closed.

Excellence in Mentoring Awards will be presented in four categories:  

  • Lifetime Achievement: Given to an individual who has dedicated their life’s work to supporting youth through mentoring programs  
  • Corporate Leadership: Given to an employee from a company listed on the National Corporate Honor Roll who both volunteers their time as a youth mentor and mobilizes others to engage in the mentoring movement  
  • Impactful Philanthropy: Given to a foundation, company, individual philanthropist or board member who has made a significant impact on young people through investment of time and funds in mentoring programs, MENTOR Affiliates and/or mentoring initiatives  
  • Public Elevation: Given to an individual who uses their influence and public platform to support mentoring opportunities for youth (i.e. a government or elected official, media representative, or other public figure)  

You are welcome to submit more than one nomination, but you must fill out a separate application for each individual nomination. Nominators and Nominees will be notified if they were selected as one of this year’s honorees by mid-November. 

Click here to see previous Excellence in Mentoring honorees.

For more information:
Contact Julie Babyatzky, Director of Development and Donor Engagement, at 

The Summit Fellowship Program is a professional development and scholarship program for mentoring practitioners who are making a deep impact in the field, but are unable to attend the National Mentoring Summit due to financial barriers.  

The application for the 2019 Summit Fellowship Program is now closed.

To read about the 2019 Summit Fellows, click here.

Selected Fellows will receive: 

  • Complimentary admission to the National Mentoring Summit
  • A $1,000 travel and accommodations stipend
  • Access to exclusive networking and promotional opportunities
  • Collaborative learning opportunities after the Summit

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Full time employee for a mentoring program
  • Mentoring program:
    • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States in operation for at least three years 
    • Annual mentoring program budget (not organization budget) of $150,000 or less
    • Prior to submission, applicants must submit a request for their organization to be listed in the Mentoring Connector if they aren’t listed already. 

For more information:
Contact Melissa English, Program Manager at

mentor capitol hill day logoCapitol Hill Day

Capitol Hill Day (CHD) is a training and advocacy event that capitalizes on the energy and knowledge of hundreds of passionate leaders attending the 2019 National Mentoring Summit. CHD participants will meet with Senators and Representatives from their states to discuss key bills and issues in Congress and the mentoring efforts happening in their communities.  This is a great way to advocate for the importance of mentoring, elevate the critical work happening in your community, and ensure that our movement receives funding and support. We strongly encourage all Summit attendees to also attend Capitol Hill Day.   

  • Advocacy Workshop: Tuesday, January 29 from 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Capitol Hill Day: Wednesday, January 30 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Summit Welcome Reception (on Capitol Hill): Wednesday, January 30 from 4 – 6 p.m.

We request that all Capitol Hill Day participants attend the Advocacy Workshop on Tuesday afternoon. At the Workshop, participants will learn and discuss advocacy strategies, strengthen understanding of federal policy priorities, and collaborate with colleagues to prepare for your meetings.

For more information:
If you have any questions about Capitol Hill Day, please contact Abbie Evans, Senior Director of Government Relations or Adriane Alicea, Director of Government Relations.

MENTOR would like to thank all of the supporters of the

2019 National Mentoring Summit

Convened by

Mentor Logo

Summit Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Bank of America logo

Lead Sponsors

AT&T Logo

EY Logo

LinkedIn Logo

Gold Sponsors

Deloitte Logo

3M Logo

Silver Sponsors


Mustang Leadership Partners


Summit Fellows Sponsors



First Niagara Foundation


Appleton Partners

Mr. R. Bradford Evans

Lori and John Grayson

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A

Ross Stores Foundation

Angus Worthing and Margaret Taylor

Presenting Partner

OJJDP logo

Supporting Partners


We are proud to welcome the following exhibitors committed to serving the youth mentoring movement!
Get to know each organization by visiting their exhibitor booth during the Summit.

Platinum Exhibitor

Premium Exhibitors

Innovative Mentoring Software

–                                   – 

Standard Exhibitors