National Mentoring Summit

2020 Summit Workshops Request for Proposal

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is looking for professionals in the mentoring field to share their work with a national audience at this year’s National Mentoring Summit. The 2020 National Mentoring Summit will continue to explore how relationships are central to success, and building relationships—especially mentoring relationships—are critical for young people to move forward. Workshop proposals are encouraged to explore how effective relationships are part of the proposed topic, and provide attendees with practical tools and knowledge to bring to their own programs, investments and communities. The 2020 Summit will bring over 1,300 individuals who represent the mentoring movement together.

Submissions for proposals are now closed. Please contact Minnie Chen for any proposal-related questions.

2020 National Mentoring Summit

The tenth 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. Registration is not yet open- watch this space.



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.

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

2019 Excellence in Mentoring Honorees

MENTOR is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Awards! These awards are presented annually to individuals and organizations that have made tremendous contributions to young people and the mentoring field. Held at a special Library of Congress reception, this Excellence in Mentoring Awards Dinner will kick off the ninth-annual National Mentoring Summit. This year, we were excited to present Excellence in Mentoring Awards across four categories: Corporate Leadership, Impactful Philanthropy, Lifetime Achievement, and Public Elevation.

2019 Excellence in Mentoring Award Recipients

Corporate Leadership 2019 Honoree: Fred Skolnik, Partner, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP

Impactful Philanthropy 2019 Honoree: Genentech

Lifetime Achievement 2019 Honoree: Kenneth Ward, Executive Director, College Bound, Inc.

Public Elevation 2019 Honoree: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago

Click here to read more about this year’s Honorees and Finalists.

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.  

2019 Summit Fellows

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

Capitol 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.

2019 Summit Workshop Materials

Browse the 2019 presentations. You can search for a specific workshop by typing the title where it says “Search assets.”

Access Presentations

2019 National Mentoring Summit Videos

Building Relationships, Expanding the Movement

Opening Session MENTOR CEO David Shapiro

Mentoring & Youth Activism Recap

The Mentoring Journey Recap

MENTOR would like to thank all of the supporters of the

2019 National Mentoring Summit

Convened by

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Summit Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Lead Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


Mustang Leadership Partners

National Basketball Association

Summit Fellows Sponsors



First Niagara Foundation



Appleton Partners

R. Bradford Evans

Lori and John Grayson

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A

Ross Stores Foundation

Angus Worthing and Margaret Taylor

Presenting Partners

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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

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Standard Exhibitors