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2020 National Mentoring Summit

The 10th annual National Mentoring Summit will take place

January 29 – 31, 2020

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? Send an email to Summit@mentoring.org or call 857-304-0846.

2020 Workshops

The 2020 National Mentoring Summit features more than 90 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 30 and two workshop sessions on Friday, January 31, 2020. Please browse the workshops here as you will be asked to select your workshops during registration.

The 2020 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 cultivated experiences designed 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.

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2020 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.

View Workshop Presenters

Agenda at a Glance


Tuesday, January 28, 2020
2:00 – 5:00 PMCapitol Hill Day Training (mandatory for all Capitol Hill Day participants)
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
9:00 – 10:00 AMCapitol Hill Day Breakfast and Kickoff (Hill Day Meetings 10:00AM – 4:00PM)
4:00 – 6:00 PMWelcome Reception on Capitol Hill (optional)
7:00 AM – 7:00 PMRegistration (optional)
Thursday, January 30, 2020
7:30 – 8:00 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 AM2019 National Mentoring Summit Opening Plenary
9:25 – 10:55 AMMorning Breakout Session I
11:15 AM – 12:45 PMMorning Breakout Session II
12:45 – 2:00 PMLuncheon Programming
2:15 – 3:45 PMAfternoon Breakout Sessions
3:45 – 5:15 PMGeneral Session
5:30 – 7:00 PMNetworking Reception
Friday, January 31, 2020
7:30 – 8:30 AMContinental Breakfast
8:45 – 10:15 AMMorning Breakout Session I
10:30AM – 12:00 PMMorning Breakout Session II
12:00  – 2:00 PMGeneral Session and Lunch

Location & Hotel

The 2020 National Mentoring Summit will take place January 29 – January 31, 2020 at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown.

Renaissance Washington DC, Downtown Hotel Info

  • 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.

Other recommended properties that are in close proximity to the conference hotel:

The Marriott Marquis | The Courtyard Washington Downtown | The Residence Inn Washington Downtown


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 29, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 PM on Capitol Hill at the Russell Senate Office Building, Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325), 2 Constitution Avenue, NE. We look forward to welcoming you to Washington, DC at this fun event with hors d’oeuvres, beverages and lots of networking! This event is open to all Summit attendees, including those who participate in Capitol Hill Day.

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

Answer: Unfortunately at this time, we are only accepting payment via credit card.

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 Adriane Alicea, Director of Government Relations, at aalicea@mentoring.org.

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

Answer: This webpage 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

If you still need further assistance, please contact us at summit@mentoring.org

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, $19.00 for up to 9 hours, and $55.00 for valet parking. 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, 2019
  • 75% refund if cancelled by November 30, 2019
  • 50% refund if cancelled by December 28, 2019
  • No refunds will be given after December 28, 2019
Question: I have a dietary restriction or food allergy, can I request a special meal?

Answer: Please email Summit@mentoring.org. We are here to help!

Question: If you require any specific aids or services, please let us know.

Answer: Please email Summit@mentoring.org. We are here to help!

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, 2019 and close on August 31, 2019.

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, 2019. If you have additional questions, please contact Melissa English.

Jennifer Whitman
Conference Coordinator

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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 foundations, corporations 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.

Access 2020 Summit Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities Document

Access 2019 Summit and PPT Recap Document

Please 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.

Click Here for PPT Agenda at a Glance

PPT Registration Pricing:

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. A complete list of workshops can be found here.
  • Philanthropic Community Connections Picnic – Beat the winter blues and join MENTOR at this year’s Philanthropic Community Connections Picnic featuring a picnic-style lunch, lawn games, and plenty of time to network. Past attendees shared their feedback and we listened — this private luncheon has been designed to help philanthropic attendees connect, learn, and share more deeply with their peers. Over the course of an hour, you’ll have the opportunity to meet other corporate and philanthropic professionals, share a challenge you’re facing, and gain new insights and ideas to take back to your community.
  • 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. This year’s topic will explore the role mentoring can play in supporting LGBTQ+ youth. Come for the S’mores, stay for the conversation and learning.
Philanthropic Partnerships Track Frequently Asked Questions:
  • 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 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 95+ 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.

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 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 khoward@mentoring.org

Through the Summit Fellowship Program, MENTOR seeks to provide critical professional development and network building opportunities to practitioners who are making an impact on the mentoring field but are unable to attend the National Mentoring Summit due to financial barriers. To learn more about the 2020 Summit Fellowship Program, visit the page here.

For more information:
Contact Melissa English, Program Manager at menglish@mentoring.org.

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 2020 National Mentoring Summit. CHD participants will meet with Senators and Representatives from their states about key bills and issues in Congress, as well as 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 participate in Capitol Hill Day.

Learn more about CHD here (we highly recommend reviewing the 2019 Capitol Hill Day webinar linked on the page).

  • Advocacy Workshop: Tuesday, January 28 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Capitol Hill Day: Wednesday, January 29 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Summit Welcome Reception (on Capitol Hill): Wednesday, January 29 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM

We request that all Capitol Hill Day participants attend the Advocacy Workshop on Tuesday afternoon (2:00 – 5:00PM). 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.

Honoring Champions Of Mentoring

On January 29, 2020, 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 focusing on four distinct categories: Corporate Leadership, Impactful Philanthropy, Lifetime Achievement, and Public Elevation.

Click here to see the 2020 Honorees and Finalists.

For more information:
Contact Julie Babyatzky, Director of Development and Donor Engagement, at jbabyatzky@mentoring.org. 

Download the 2020 Conference App

Download the National Mentoring Summit app to access the day’s schedule, full exhibitor listings, maps, speaker bios and local attractions.


  • First look at our FULL AGENDA
  • MY SCHEDULE feature to help you plan your day
  • CONNECT & NETWORK with other attendees before conference & on the big day
  • MAPS to help you get around the hotel
  • Stay up-to-date with ALERTS about contests and important news

 Check back often as the App is constantly updated with new partner information!


1. Go to the right store. 
Access the App Store on iOS devices and the Google Play Store on Android devices. If you’re using a Blackberry or Windows phone, skip these steps. You’ll need to use the web version of the app found here: https://event.crowdcompass.com/2020nms

2.  Install the CrowdCompass AttendeeHub App. 
Search for CrowdCompass AttendeeHub. Once you’ve found the app, tap either Download or Install. After installing, a new icon will appear on the homescreen.

3. Search the AttendeeHub. 
Once downloaded, open the AttendeeHub app and enter 2020 National Mentoring Summit.

4. Open the event. 
Tap the name of our event to open it.

5. Allow “AttendeeHub” to send you notifications.
Notifications may include important event alerts from Summit planners.

6. Be sure to create your profile to access the full power of the app. Share as much (or as little) information about yourself as you like and instantly communicate and connect with your new contacts with just a few taps! Logging in and completing a profile also allows you to create a schedule for the day for easy planning.

TO LOG IN: Enter your First and Last Name. Check your email for your personalized verification code. Enter and verify your code.

Having issues downloading the app or logging in? Send an email to
Summit@mentoring.org or call (857) 304-0846.

MENTOR would like to thank all of the supporters
of the 2020 National Mentoring Summit

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Mustang Leadership Partners

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National Basketball Association

Partner Sponsors

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Taco Bell Foundation

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Angus Worthing and Margaret Taylor

Appleton Partners

Gilbane Building Company

Ross Stores Foundation

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