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The 2018 National Mentoring Summit features more than 100 workshops that explore this year’s theme: “Building Relationships, Advancing the Movement.” This year’s workshops offer a versatile array of prevalent topics, including natural mentoring, how to make programmatic changes based on research and data, and mentoring as a facet of police-community relations. 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 25th and two workshop sessions on Friday, January 26th. Please browse the workshops here as you will be asked to select your workshops during registration.

The 2018 National Mentoring Summit will feature five 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, Nonprofit Management, Research and Supporting the Mentoring Match.

View all sessions below, or select a topic to view a sampling of workshop options.


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  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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    9:30 AM  -  4:00 PM
    Overview of Training Session
    MENTOR’s Program Team will lead a series of sessions specifically designed for Affiliate leadership and training staff that will include a presentation and discussion of our latest tools, research and trainings around informal mentoring and youth-initiated mentoring. Lunch will be served.
    3:45 PM  -  5:15 PM
    Early On-Site Registration (Optional)  (Grand Foyer)
    Grand Registration
    5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM
    Capitol Hill Day Training (Optional)  (Grand Ballroom)
    Participants must travel to Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 23 to participate in the Capitol Hill Day training. Capitol Hill Day participants will receive regular communications starting in December with tips and resources to assist them in preparing for the Congressional appointments MENTOR will schedule for them. New (and returning) participants will be encouraged to join a webinar training in early January and all will gather for an in-person training the evening before Capitol Hill Day to learn, prepare and network along side colleagues from their state and across the country. Advocates are encouraged to bring materials and information about their mentoring-related efforts to share with their legislators.

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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    9:00 AM 
    Capitol Hill Day (Optional)

    Capitol Hill Day, which takes place Wednesday, January 24th, capitalizes on the energy of the hundreds of passionate and experienced advocates attending the 2018 National Mentoring Summit. Capitol Hill Day 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.

    Capitol Hill Day participants will receive training and materials to assist them in preparing for their Congressional appointments and also gather in person before Capitol Hill Day to network and strategize for their meetings with other participants from their state. Advocates are encouraged to bring materials and information about their mentoring-related efforts to share with their legislators.

    Capitol Hill Day participants will be prepared to improve or establish relationships with their members of Congress and staff; educate legislators about their work back home, including possible challenges in their communities; and, encourage legislators to support key bills and federal programs. Participants must travel to Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 23rd to participate in the Capitol Hill Day training.

    Hill Day schedule: 

    • 9:00-10 a.m.: Capitol Hill Day breakfast, kickoff and group photo
    • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Capitol Hill Day meetings
    4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
    Welcome Reception on Capitol Hill (Optional)
    The Welcome Reception for attendees of the National Mentoring Summit will occur on Wednesday January 24, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 PM on Capitol Hill! Capitol Hill is an easy Metro (subway) ride from the Renaissance Hotel. We look forward to welcoming you to Washington, DC at this fun, nonpartisan event with hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
    5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM
    Early On-Site Registration (Optional)  (Grand Foyer)
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018
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    7:30 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Registration and Continental Breakfast  (Grand Foyer)
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Opening Plenary  (Grand Ballroom)
    This opening session of the National Mentoring Summit serves as the event kick-off.
     

    Advocacy

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Advancing the Movement in Rural America
    As we continue advancing the mentoring movement across the United States, 70 percent of which is considered rural, mentoring organizations outside large metro areas are key to connecting youth to caring adult role models. The outward beauty of some of our country's rural areas masks poverty, family dysfunction, increase in opioid and other drug use, mental illness and more. Using an interactive format and testimonials, this workshop will identify strategies organizations can use to expand into rural areas, build key relationships, recruit mentors and mentees and sustain the relationship while managing an existing match base.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Building Public Awareness and Effective Advocacy Strategies for Mentoring Relationships
    Developmental relationships and mentoring are incredibly powerful tools in helping young people reach their potential. There are ways to leverage state and local governments, and amplify the voice of youth, to promote these relationships for the public good. This workshop aims to deliver the tools needed to be able to advocate for mentoring by building connections with legislators and advancing your mentoring agenda to create systemic change in areas such as juvenile justice, workforce development and educational policies.
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    Research

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Findings from a new meta-analysis of youth mentoring and other new studies
    This session will provide an overview of new research that has been conducted in the past year with the Center of Evidence-Based mentoring, including the work of current students and collaborators at other institutions. In particular, we will provide new findings from two major meta-analyses of formal and informal mentoring as well as findings from our analyses of natural mentoring in a large sample of adolescents who participated longitudinally in the Adolescent Health study. Additionally, we will discuss trends in formal mentoring from an analysis of Census data and new directions in interventions designed to reach vulnerable youth.
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Partnering with Researchers to Build Evidence for Practice: Is it a fit for your program?
    Research and innovation are fundamental to the success of mentoring, but how do we make room in our programs for research projects when we already have so much to do? In this workshop, participants will learn about how large-scale research projects are conducted within mentoring programs. With insight gained from their participation in a multi-site demonstration project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), staff from MANY and Innovation Research & Training will help participants to understand the value of these research projects to their programs and how to assess their own capacity for participating successfully.
     

    Innovations

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Getting more out of Social Media to build your Brand, Reach and Revenue!
    Your network is your net worth as the saying goes. So why not use the most powerful communication tools to seek, grow, and sustain more relationships to amplify your efforts and directly impact your fundraising. A stronger social media strategy will enhance your organization's brand storytelling, empowering your audience to engage and support more! Join this workshop to learn more about the power of social media, gain a stronger sense of the digital ecosystem at your fingertips, and leave with an outline of how to craft a dynamic social media strategy plan for your organization.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Mentoring For Success: Inspiring a culture of connection through school-based mentoring
    In this workshop, Mentoring For Success will share how an effective structure within the San Francisco public schools has enabled both 1:1 and group mentoring to help SFUSD meet its strategic goals. Areas of focus will include: a) district and program infrastructure, b) how partnerships have strengthened the program, c) how youth are identified/matched, d) how broad-based support is achieved for the program, and e) how the use of two distinct mentoring models offers a progression of developmentally appropriate mentoring for San Francisco youth.MFS is designed to build student assets to support academic achievement, attendance, and problem-solving.
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    Collaborations

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Leveraging National Service for Mentoring Programs
    The two resources mentoring programs are always seeking is funding and staff. National Service members can help you address those needs. Learn from state service commission staff and a mentoring program about utilizing AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members to increase programming capacity.
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    Nonprofit Management

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Building Effective Teams During Change
    Come learn an intuitive framework for understanding change and its impact on teams. Change is a constant element in our work and personal lives, and has a profound impact on organizational effectiveness.This workshop gives attendees insight into their own work style, a real understanding of how change and individual work styles impact teams, and a framework for engaging others to increase team effectiveness.
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    Exemplary program models

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Bringing Critical Mentoring to Life
    The current mentoring field conversation about critical mentoring is helping shift programs approach from helping individuals navigate broken systems towards an approach that addresses systemic inequality. The Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program has been successfully supporting students of color and addressing institutionalized racism in schools for more than 20 years. The program uses a model for mentoring relationships that is based on tenets of critical race theory and uses students and families as part of systems change advocacy. Come learn more about this example of critical mentoring in action.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    The Research-informed Practices of the Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program
    In 2012, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) started the Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program (MEDP) by partnering with 10 grantee collaboratives, consultant Dr. David DuBois, and the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The 10 grantee collaboratives, some of which represented unique partnerships among 32 separate implementation agencies and partner organizations, made enhancements to the mentors' advocacy and teaching functions through initial and ongoing training and consistent mentor support. This panel will present findings related to the process evaluation, including the core practices implemented by the sites and highlight similarities and differences.
     

    Philanthropic Partnerships

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Opportunity Youth Thriving: Elevating informal mentoring and workforce development
    With funding from the Schultz Family Foundation, MENTOR is working with the America’s Promise Alliance to create a new, national mentorship initiative that focuses on the extra support needed by opportunity youth, young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school and who do not have a job. The goal is to create and test quality mentor relationships and both community-based and business mentorship models that help these young people prepare for, secure and meet their potential. During this session, we will provide an overview of the project (including the project evaluation being conducted by the Center for Promise) and share some early lessons learned from our pilot work in Minneapolis and Seattle related to cross-sector partnerships, expanding webs of support for opportunity youth and preparing workplace supervisors to be effective managers and mentors of youth workers.
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    The Business Benefit of Corporate Engagement in Youth Mentoring
    Eight years ago, EY launched its signature volunteer program in education: College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence). This highly successful volunteer program, now in 34 cities across the US, is dedicated to providing access to higher education for underserved youth by engaging professionals as mentors who offer personal support, coaching and guidance through the college application and admission processes. The journey has been eventful and transformative. EY has learned a great deal along the way. Carolina Dominguez, EY Americas College MAP Leader, will talk through how others might harness the firm’s learnings to enhance their own mentoring program. Specifically, Carolina will discuss the business benefits to youth mentoring, the impact on people, culture and community. Best practices include creating transformational growth experiences for volunteers, mapping leadership skills to career and aligning ultimate program goals to overall business goals.
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    Mentoring Specific Youth Groups

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Innovative Service Delivery and School-Based Mentoring for Military-Connected Students
    When a parent is an active military service member, the entire family serves. MentorConnections is a school-based mentoring (SBM) program designed to offer military-connected students in the elementary grades with additional support as they weather the challenges of military family life. In this workshop, we describe the MentorConnections program and the innovative service delivery model that supported its implementation. We will also present preliminary findings from a pilot test of the program's efficacy, followed by a discussion of lessons learned and implications for mentoring programs and practitioners seeking to support this population of youth.
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Mentoring Youth in Foster Care in Rural Areas
    This session will provide the latest research on youth in foster care and best practices in developing a mentoring program for those youth within rural areas. Participants will leave with an increased understanding of the foster care system, how out of home placement impacts children, as well as how to train and support an effective mentor to a young person in foster care or at risk of placement. Practitioners will increase their out of the box thinking for new referral sources.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Strong Language: Strategies for Mentoring ESL (English as a Second Language) Youth
    While ESL youth usually have some English language skills, cultural and language barriers often remain after integrating into the United States' school system. This workshop explores the unique challenges of mentoring non-native speakers, how a mentor's role differs from that of a teacher, and equips participants with specific methods to facilitate better communication with mentees and their families. Strong language skills and strategies can also inform mentor training practices to expand services to this growing demographic.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Teaching African American Students the Skills Needed to Reduce or Prevent School Suspension
    With the countries rate of African American Students suspension being at an all time high, what's being done as a nation to remedy this? Although some schools have come up with unique systems they have put in place, the majority have not. This workshop identifies several dynamics African American students are faced with attending urban school settings more so than their counter parts and steps that can assist with reducing or removing the suspension factor as it relates to African American Students.
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    Mentoring and national challenges

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Ready...Set...Future: Career-readiness Mentoring
    Today, about 68% of students enroll in college the fall immediately following high school completion while many students transition straight into the work field. What role does mentoring play in preparing all students for both pathways? This session will present research findings that show in the year 2020, every student, regardless of their background, interests or intent after graduating from high school, will need to be career-ready for the world of work. Participants will learn how to expand their mentoring approach with career-ready resources to put their students on an individual journey for the world of work.
     

    Supporting the mentoring relationship

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    "It's All About Relationships"- Fostering Engagement and Creating Community
    Even though we value them, we all cringe at the word "Icebreaker." We may find them to be awkward and trivial, but imagine a world where you could interact and get to know people in a fun and safe setting. In this workshop we will talk about how to make team building a more engaging and meaningful activity, realizing that sometimes we have to buy into a little bit of craziness to reap the rewards of a training or presentation that appeals to all types of learners. Be the rockstar at your next training or presentation by fostering engagement.
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Measuring Connections
    Social-emotional learning is the hot button topic of youth development these days, but many of us struggle with where to even begin. Implementing intentional social-emotional learning into an already existing mentoring program can seem daunting, and measuring the growth and outcomes for that social-emotional learning can be tedious at best and seemingly impossible at worst. In this session, you'll learn how one small organization is doing both of those things without a dedicated research team or big budget.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    More Than Lingo; Positive Youth Development in Action
    Practice what you preach. As a mentoring field, we dedicate hours to training our mentors on how to use a strengths-based approach with mentees. But how often do we do this with the families we serve? With the intake process? With our own supervision? This workshop will explore how mentoring programs incorporate a Positive Youth Development (PYD) and strengths-based approach into all aspects of the mentoring process. Join us for an interactive session in implementing PYD into your initial match meeting, match support, match closure, and your overall agency.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Supporting the Mentoring Relationship: Best Practices for Mentors and Mentees
    This session will provide participants the unique opportunity to hear directly from a Youth and Alumni Panel to understand the Clubhouse group mentoring model, reflect on the impact Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) and mentoring have had on their college and career paths, and explore strategies to support the mentor-mentee relationship. The session will include an overview from Clubhouse Network staff, a practitioner viewpoint from Fairfax County (VA), a facilitated discussion with the youth panel, and Q&A session for participants with the youth.
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    Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Best Practices in Evidence Based Mentoring from the Practitioner Side
    Learn how Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center, a private, tuition-free middle school in Boston, MA for young ladies in grades 4-8 from families with limited means implements the Elements of Effective Practice into their formal mentoring program. Participants will take a deep dive into diversifying recruitment strategies through networking events, closed Facebook groups for mentors and how to properly evaluate program effectiveness and closure through qualitative and quantitative research via face to face meetings with mentees, mentors and guardians.
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    Advocacy

    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Empowering Youth and Families of Color Through Advocacy
    In this session, participants will have the opportunity to explore the role that oppression plays in the power dynamics of advocacy, and will learn how to advocate in an empowering way for youth of color. This will be done by looking at a variety of issues surrounding diversity and equity, through defining the role and responsibilities of an Advocate, and examining advocacy in the contemporary context of school systems.
     

    Innovations

    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Fostering Big Futures for High-Risk Mentees: Innovative practices and findings from recent research
    Mentoring programs aim to promote positive youth outcomes and reduce negative outcomes and a large and growing body of research suggests mentoring can achieve these goals. However, little is known about the longer-term impact of mentoring interventions on youth outcomes or how best to support mentoring relationships for youth at high-risk for delinquency. This session will provide attendees with knowledge about recent research on the long-term impact of mentoring on outcomes of former mentees and tips regarding best practices for supporting matches involving youth at high-risk for delinquency, including strategies for supporting young adult former mentees after their matches ends.
    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Innovative Technology Solutions to Gain More Data Insights
    Can you imagine expanding your programs from 115 mentors to 1,000? How about growing new relationships by 78%? We would like to share with you how embracing technology has helped Aspire Movement and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta experience some amazing outcomes. This session will share the before and after transformation of these nonprofits, best practices on how to determine your needs and what the future can hold once we begin to collaborate, share goals and data on a community level to truly make an impact.
     

    Collaborations

    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Attunement Across the Mentoring System: Lessons Learned from the Field
    This workshop defines, explores, and elaborates on the concept of attunement as applied to program settings.First, participants will receive a brief overview of the concept. Next, they will learn more of the empirical background and support for attunement. The majority of this engaging and participatory workshop will be focused on the application of attunement to the "Higher Education Mentoring Initiative" program focused on mentoring of youth aging out of the child welfare system. Through this example, participants will consider how they can attend to and support attunement more through their programs.
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    Nonprofit Management

    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    A Seat at the Table: Building a Best-in-Class Alumni Program
    Organizations look to their alumni communities to serve important roles: volunteers, donors, board leaders, and more. But creating an alumni engagement program takes careful planning, a solid strategy, and consistent, quality engagement. This session presents the elements of a best-in-class alumni network: beginning with developing a cohesive strategy and planning out an effective implementation effort. Topics include managing data, effective communication, alumni giving, leadership development. Presenters will share how an engaged alumni network helped pilot enhancements designed to enroll more Black and Latino males in Summer Search. Finally, attendees will participate in a practicum session to close out the workshop.
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    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Leading Through Change
    Mentoring programs are often in perpetual change as they strive to advance their services and navigate a complex nonprofit industry. This workshop will guide leaders through critical components of managing many different types of change to minimize staff turnover, increase outcomes, and grow. Participants will examine various forces of change and approaches for tackling these changes successfully with the best outcomes. Through hands on activities, we will delve into approaches for planning and designing processes to move through change, motivating people, and making the environment and circumstances easier for people to succeed happily.
     

    Exemplary program models

    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Breaking stigmas and giving older children a voice: Finding older foster youth a permanent home
    This workshop presents Kidsave's Weekend Miracles program, which is a successful pathway for achieving permanency and lasting connections for older foster youth in Los Angeles County. This unique "hosting" program is an "outside the box" solution that: (a) breaks down preconceived stigmas about older foster youth and finds permanent families and lasting connections for these youth; and (b) gives older foster youth a voice in their permanency plan and opportunities to build connections with adults at their own pace. Kidsave will demonstrate how the program is being replicated in other jurisdictions, and how it can be brought to yours.
    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    How to Build Effective, Powerful Cross-Age Peer Mentoring Programs
    Cross-age peer mentoring provides developmental opportunities for youth serving as mentors that help them accelerate in areas such as leadership and socio-emotional development while facilitating higher levels of connectedness. While many recognize that peer mentoring can be beneficial both for the mentor and the mentee, implementing a well-run, effective program is easier said than done. Presenters will focus on how to practically implement best-practices as well as describe experienced barriers and steps found useful to overcome them in building an effective and sustainable peer mentoring program.
    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Sports: A Powerful Approach to Group Mentorship & Group Therapy
    This workshop will explore two promising program models that use sports as an approach to deliver effective group mentoring and group therapy. Presenters will review the intentional design behind the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Soccer for Success program and Doc Wayne Youth Services' Chalk Talk program. Participants will experience aspects of both models, and learn how data continues to inform revisions to program design. Participants will walk away with methods and tools to improve their own mentorship initiatives.
     

    Philanthropic Partnerships

    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Maximing Engagement and Impact Through Intergenerational Youth Mentoring
    GM Student Corps is a signature program of General Motors that hires Detroit-area high school students as summer interns to serve and improve their communities under the guidance of GM retirees and local college students. The students develop teamwork, leadership skills and a community service mindset while working as small start-ups, managing all aspects of their projects from budgeting, planning and problem solving to execution. Program leadership and participants will share the business case for the program, the program design and the impact of the program since its launch in 2013.
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    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Scaling Alternative Talent Pathways: Salesforce and Year Up Case Study
    This session will explore the role that philanthropic partnerships can play in building alternative talent pathways. Year Up and Salesforce.org will share the partnership practices they utilize to maximize philanthropic investments and workforce development outcomes. The success of the partnership relies upon Salesforce interns addressing business needs for the company. Critical to the success of the interns is the role of the host managers, individuals who play a key role in the interns’ learning and development, coaching, and professional success. Since 2008, Salesforce has hosted nearly 300 Year Up interns, and hired approximately 50% of them.
     

    Mentoring Specific Youth Groups

    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Confessions of a Diverse Adolescent Mentee
    Just how "effective" is your mentoring program? Do the young people that participate as mentees get as much out of it as you think they do? Are you sure? Well, there's no better people to ask than the mentees themselves. This highly interactive workshop will give attendees the valuable opportunity to hear from a group of current mentoring program participants regarding what program aspects they believe best suit them for where they are in their respective lives. Because in many instances, having an actual "conversation" can be so much more informative and illuminating than simply examining "data" alone.
    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Heart for God, Mind for Justice
    This workshop is an invitation to examine and explore how local faith-based organizations can be involved in mentoring programs for victims and survivors of human trafficking in a meaningful, trauma-informed and culturally responsive way. We will present ways to speak about faith and calling in a secular and inclusive manner that fosters understanding and productive relationship building.
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    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Let's CONNECT: Which menu of options fit your program needs for vulnerable youth?
    LET's CONNECT, examined in a federally funded, community-based effectiveness trial, was designed for youth who are vulnerable for behavioral health problems. These youth nominated a supportive adult to serve as their "natural" mentor and were assigned a "community" mentor who shared their interests and resided in their neighborhoods (King, Gipson & Opperman, 2015). Over a 16-month time frame, mentors worked with youth to increase community engagement via the development of activity-oriented action plans. The goal of this interactive workshop is to present the model and facilitate ways attendees might integrate transportable elements of LET's CONNECT into their youth mentoring programs.
    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Models of Inclusion - Big Brothers Big Sisters of America LGBTQ Youth Initiative
    From program climate to match support, intentionally serving LGBTQ youth requires awareness, commitment, and program champions willing to work together to update policies, practices, and activities. This session walks you through examples of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America programs that have moved the needle toward inclusivity highlighting whats worked, strategies to break down barriers, learned lessons, and recommendations from those leading the way to ensure mentoring is accessible for one of our nation's most vulnerable and underserved populations of youth. Participants will also be given a new organizational readiness tool they can use to benchmark their own progress.
    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Police Officers Mentoring Today's Youths
    Police officers assigned to the Youth Outreach Unit (YOU) Program proactively engage youths at-risk of reoffending by way of effective intervention strategies and becoming a mentor to these youths. The YOU Program assists the juvenile and the whole family unit, identifying area in which social service partners can intervene to stabilize families and finding solutions to underlying conditions contributing to public safety concerns. The YOU Program will match a police officer to a youth, with the expectation that a genuine and caring relationship develops between the two.
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    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Universal Design for Mentoring: Strategies for Including All Youth
    Youth with disabilities, especially those with learning disabilities and mental health needs, are overrepresented in at-risk populations yet underserved in mentoring programs. Universal Design for Learning improves programs for all youth – with and without disabilities. The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program is a career-focused initiative with sites across the country that intentionally includes youth who are court-involved, in the foster care system, those with disabilities and other at-risk populations. This interactive session gives an overview of Universal Design, shares practical strategies for better engaging all youth, discusses participants’ successes and challenges, and provides hands-on tools and guides for enhancing their programming.
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    Supporting the mentoring relationship

    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Bold Futures Mentoring
    The Bold Futures Mentoring Workshop invites you to an exciting, informative and interactive workshop emphasizing the importance of serving girls from several demographic and socio-economic backgrounds. The workshop will introduce societal and media messages and how they characterize and influence girls and young women. We will discuss the Girls Inc. Essential Element, "Trusting Mentoring Relationships," and the Girls Inc. approach to mentoring. The Bold Futures Mentoring Project workshop will include the critical components of mentoring by incorporating the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring to serve, manage and achieve a successful mentoring program that will positively impact girls' day-to-day lives.
    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Cognitive Behavioral Mentoring: Equipping Mentors with Cognitive Behavioral Strategies&Interventions
    Never before has a generation of youth faced a greater challenge on the journey from childhood through adolescence to adulthood. Research shows that mentoring programs need to place greater emphasis on the mental health needs of youth and their families. This session will introduce the use of cognitive behavioral mentoring strategies & interventions for building positive self-esteem, interrupting negative thought-feeling-behavior patterns, increasing problem solving skills and instilling hope and a greater sense of personal power for youth mentees and their families.
     

    Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring

    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    QMS: Implementing and evaluating a quality improvement initiative
    The Quality Mentoring System is an initiative in which Mentoring Partnerships provide structured support to help mentoring programs incorporate the Elements of Effective Practice to improve agency sustainability and program quality. A major study is investigating these quality improvement efforts and their benefits. This workshop will provide information regarding the QMS approach and share preliminary findings from a sample including multiple mentoring partnerships and over fifty mentoring programs, with data addressing agency operations, program practices, service delivery, and staff/mentor experiences. Workshop participants will discuss implications of the findings for enhancing practices and improving program quality within their own organizations.
     
    12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Luncheon Programming  (Pick up lunch in Grand Foyer)
    Please pick up your lunch in the Grand Foyer and join us for one of 3 exciting programming opportunities. Or opt to take advantage of this time to network with both old and new contacts in Grand Ballroom South or in one of the many cozy lounge areas throughout the hotel.
    12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
    MENTOR Affiliate Track Luncheon  (Congressional Ballroom C)
    MENTOR Affiliate Track Luncheon: All Affiliate staff will have the opportunity to network and engage in discussion about promising practices in the field of mentoring in their communities.
    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    "MENTOR Affiliate Workshop (Exclusively for Affiliate Senior Leaders)"
    This session is targeted to MENTOR Affiliate Senior Leaders as a specialized opportunity for professional development and discussion to further their success in operating a successful Affiliate.
     

    Advocacy

    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Moving From Advocacy to Election-Related Activity: How Nonprofits Can Safely Navigate the Rules
    Lobbying and advocacy are effective ways for charities to advance their missions. Mentoring advocates are the experts on the gaps in resources and public policy, so using your voice to educate and advocate can help to advance and protect the mentoring movement. While charities cannot support or oppose candidates, there are many election-related activities that are permissible. Participants will gain an understanding of the rules of advocacy, lobbying and elections so they can be effective advocates with elected officials, engage the public, encourage civic participation, and respond to issues during an election time.
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    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Using Social Media to Advance the Mentoring Movement
    Mentoring advocates can support advocacy and policy goals through strategic use of social media. Social media has enabled elected officials and constituents alike to have more meaningful interactions in advocating for funding and other priorities. This workshop will explore the resources, best practices and tools that participants can use to develop awareness campaigns, communicate with elected officials and expand their coalitions using their digital presence.
     

    Research

    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    And Then What? From Evaluation to Program Improvement and Sustainability
    And Then What? From Evaluation to Program Improvement and Sustainability will offer a framework for using evaluation findings to (1) engage funders; (2) build the capacity of mentors, program staff, and leaders; and (3) plan for program improvement. Evaluation is not a static process: whether a program just started an evaluation or has published findings; and regardless of whether an evaluation generated expected (or hoped for!) results, there are opportunities to learn and engage with evaluation throughout the process. This interactive workshop is for practitioners, funders, and researchers who want to move from research to practice to program improvement.
    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Implementing Network-Wide Assessment Change: The Realities of Balancing Research and Practice
    An effective network-wide assessment framework is essential to agency success. Among other benefits, shared measurement promotes ease in outcome and impact reporting and helps ensure sustainable funding. When making broad assessment changes, balancing research and practice is a challenge requiring strategic use of stakeholders. This session reviews a two-year pilot process toward updating the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's Youth Outcomes Survey (YOS). The session offers youth serving organizations the opportunity to learn about challenges, successes, and strategies to strengthen their own measurement. Sample training materials and feedback surveys to engage staff in survey development decision-making will be provided.
     

    Innovations

    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Career Mentoring for Under-resourced First Generation College Students: Success through Technology
    Chicago Scholars will present it's innovative Career Mentoring program designed to virtually support and enhance the career outcomes of first generation/under resourced students. The program utilizes state of the art technology to connect, collaborate, and guide the career mentoring process for program participants. Additionally, the program partners with Chicago professionals from a broad range of industries, age groups to mentor students. Chicago Scholars will share strategies that can be adapted to support formal and informal career mentoring relationships and will communicate the quantitative and qualitative impacts that career mentoring has on first generation/low income college students.
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    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    iCouldBe's Online, Blended and In-Person Mentoring Programs: Data Driven Relationships
    iCouldBe will share our experience using program data in new creative visual ways to better understand the context of the mentee-mentor relationship in real-time and to enable more effective interventions to improve engagement and celebrate positive results. An audience design-thinking discussion will help participants apply these ideas to their organizations.
     

    Exemplary program models

    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    STEM Mentoring: Research, Practice, and Lessons Learned
    Sea Research Foundation (SRF) has helped many sites successfully enhance their group mentoring programs with structured science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities. Come learn about the research behind this approach and hear what SRF has learned from implementing STEM mentoring programs with thousands of youth ages 6 to 10. As part of this interactive workshop, you will sample a hands-on STEM activity and will learn how to incorporate STEM activities within your own group mentoring program to help youth improve on social, academic, and behavioral goals.
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    Philanthropic Partnerships

    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Diverse Ways Companies Support Mentoring
    There are multiple business benefits to supporting youth mentoring including the engagement of employees, recruiting and developing talent, elevating a brand, and strengthening communities. As companies seek to align their business goals with the goals of mentoring programs, there is a diverse array of partnership opportunities that can be leveraged. This session will highlight innovative ways that companies are building the capacity of mentoring programs, creating webs of support for youth and preparing youth for success in education and in the workforce.
    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Great Management is Great Mentoring
    Considering that 1 in 3 youth are growing up in America today without a caring adult in their lives, managers have an opportunity to change the trajectory of a young person’s life by welcoming them onto their teams, providing clear direction, offering them opportunities to gain new skills and experiences, and coaching them on how to succeed at work and in life. Great management is great mentoring, and this session will provide tangible advice rooted in the experiences of hundreds of Bank of America employee volunteers who mentor youth, helping to build their self-esteem, develop their leadership skills, and create access to enriching experiences.
    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    How Philanthropists Can Leverage Data & Intermediary Organizations to Achieve Shared Goals
    Collaboration, data, evaluation and impact are all hot topics in philanthropy. But how can philanthropists be most effective in using existing community assets to help inform and advance their investments and/or engagement in youth mentoring? Panelists will share their experiences working in or with intermediary organizations to guide philanthropic decision making, set goals, and measure impact of their giving. Panelists will discuss the challenges associated with bringing about systemic change and the opportunity that exists in leveraging a data-driven approach to decision making.
     

    Mentoring Specific Youth Groups

    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Elevating the Voices of Boys and Young Men of Color: Lessons from Youth Leadership Institute
    Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) experience significant disparities in life opportunities and outcomes. Our communities can benefit by ensuring that young men of color have opportunities to grow up healthy, receive a quality education and become productive members of society. In this workshop participants will learn practical strategies successfully utilized by Youth Leadership Institute for increasing authentic BMoC program engagement through implementing evidence-based strategies for building relationships, fostering leadership, and ensuring positive youth development outcomes.
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    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    MBK Success Mentors in Kansas City Public Schools
    This session will detail how the Kansas City Public Schools, chosen by the Obama White House's "My Brother's Keeper Initiative", implemented the Success Mentors program within their school district. Success Mentors is a program targeted at students who have exhibited patterns of chronic absenteeism.This session will also discuss how Kansas City Public Schools leveraged the Success Mentors model to implement a district-wide mentoring strategy, targeted at ensuring that at least 50% of students are matched with a mentor.
    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    New Jack to OGs: Boys to Men - Growing to Maturity
    The overall program focus is on the development and growth of healthy, productive youth through regular group mentoring sessions, complemented by pro-active links with youth, their families and their neighborhoods. Sessions focus on skills required to thrive within a global community. Boys to Men is a group approach to healthy male development, concentrating on personal growth, life-skills, peer relationships, values clarification, community and character building. All these issues impact male perception and wellness, thereby influencing how males mature into who they are, how they are perceived, and impacting to a great extent, their belonging and believing concepts.
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    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Project MALES: Cross-Sector Collaboration in the State of Texas
    Building effective partnerships through collaborative engagement is critical to the success of mentoring programs. At Project MALES, we have developed a multi-sector mentoring model that utilizes cutting-edge research focused on males of color, as well as a partnership that extends across the state of Texas and nationally to ensure its success and sustainability. With a focus on the Project MALES Student Mentoring Program, participants will learn about the history and development of our work and gain more access to an array of resources to help build and expand their mentoring programs for African American, Black and Latino youth.
     

    Mentoring and national challenges

    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Leveraging Mentoring for Racial Equity and Social Justice
    Even 50 years after significant civil rights' gains, the impact of race continues to shape the outcomes of all institutions, creating the need for social interventions, including mentoring organizations. While the work of mentoring youth supports their ability to make positive life choices and become productive members of society, long term social change requires a commitment to actively dismantling oppressive structures' an area where mentoring oftentimes falls short. In this presentation, participants will explore the foundations of institutionalized racism, how it manifests in mentoring relationships, and how mentoring might be leveraged to advocate for social change.
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    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Mentoring as a Component of Reentry
    What does high risk mean? How can community based organizations collaborate with corrections? How do you train mentors working in reentry? This workshop will review our recently released document, Mentoring as a Component of Reentry, that answers these questions & poses more. This workshop will give a basic overview of reentry, discuss what we've learned as technical assistance providers from the field, & engage participants in developing strategies for incorporating mentoring into a reentry program. The presentation will have a focus on programs that work with adults and young adults.
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    Supporting the mentoring relationship

    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Building Healthy Relationships for a Great Life
    We are relational beings but do we know what it takes to bond and maintain healthy relationships? Increasing your knowledge of healthy relationships will benefit you in both mentoring and life. From helping children form Secure Attachment to keeping mentors engaged, we will help you on your path to relationship success. This workshop provides relationship training for personal growth as well as screening, training and support tools for participants to implement into their programs. These practices have helped Great Life Mentoring achieve a 98% mentor retention rate and a 4-year average match length for more than a decade.
    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Mindful Mentoring; Leveraging Positive Psychology Insights for Happier Mentees & Mentors
    Mindful Mentoring; Leveraging Positive Psychology and Practical Applied Behavioral Science Approaches in Mentoring. Participants will experience a variety of time tested approaches to improving mentoring relationships that are beneficial to the mentor and mentee. The insights will exposed participants to tools and methods which may have significant impact on the mentoring relationship as well as your life, happiness, and sustainable fulfillment. Outcomes will include 1) Valid tools and methods to improve mentoring relationships 2) Opportunity to work on your own and your organization's stuff during the session (customizable approach) 3) Follow up plans and opportunities for implementation.
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    2:15 PM  -  3:45 PM
    What do I Need to Write Down
    Whether you are working with a difficult mentor or screening a potential mentor, documentation is a vital piece of the program management puzzle. Documentation is key to risk management, mentoring support and program success. Mentoring professionals can benefit from following practices often used in education, social work, customer service and other fields where it is common to document interactions, challenges and successes.This session will provide a variety of tips and tools to help staff determine what needs to be documented and best practices.
     
    3:45 PM  -  5:00 PM
    General Session  (Grand Ballroom)
    6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM
    (Friday, January 26, 2018)
    Networking and Cocktail Reception  (Renaissance Ballroom)
    Evening networking and cocktail reception
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    7:30 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast  (Grand Foyer)
    7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
    New MENTOR Affiliate Breakfast
    Continental Breakfast & Information Session for individuals and entities interested in learning about MENTOR Affiliates. A MENTOR Affiliate unifies and advances the local mentoring movement at a state-wide level across the country. We currently have affiliates in about half of the states in the country and have developed a comprehensive strategy for expansion to full 50 state coverage. Come find out how MENTOR is expanding.
     

    Advocacy

    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Leveraging the Voice: Effective & Inclusive Advocacy
    Join members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Government Relations office and local Boys & Girls Clubs to learn about developing comprehensive advocacy plans to drive increased support for and investment in quality youth mentoring programs. Attendees will learn what advocacy is, why we do it, what to consider when developing a plan and hear real-world examples from local Clubs about how they develop advocacy plans in coordination with the national organization.
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    Research

    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Did the Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program work? Outcome findings from the evaluation
    The 2012 Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention sought to influence youth outcomes in 30 programs partnering within 10 grantee collaboratives that implemented enhancements to their ongoing training and mentor support activities with a goal of strengthening mentors' advocacy and teaching functions in their relationships. These efforts were studied through a randomized controlled trial and implementation study. This panel will explore whether the initiative "worked" by presenting key outcome findings, and will engage the audience in reflecting on how to apply these findings to their work and how findings could inform future research.
    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Evaluating Peer Mentoring Programs: A Practitioner's Approach
    In this session, participants will learn the essential components of the Peer Group Connection (PGC) cross-age peer mentoring and high school transition program and the core elements of the model. Participants will leave this workshop session with ideas for how to utilize low cost, easy-to-implement strategies for assessing and measuring the ways in which a peer mentoring program positively impacts program participants. This interactive session will also explore possibilities for using program and participant data to gain support from stakeholders for program implementation, revisions, expansion, and/or sustainability.
    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Return on investment and long-term impacts of school-based mentoring
    This presentation summarizes long-term benefits of being mentored through the Communities in Schools of San Antonio school based mentoring program. Approximately half of 468 students were randomly assignment to receive a school-based mentor. Ten years later arrest records and post-secondary enrollment data revealed the mentored boys were significantly less likely than non-mentored boys to have committed misdemeanors and mentored the girls were more likely than non-mentored girls to have pursued post-secondary education. Each of these outcomes has real-world consequences for public services and economic growth in society. Estimates of the return-on-investment based on these findings will be presented and explained.
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    Innovations

    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Creating And Replicating Regional Mentoring Collaborative s
    Since 2007, The Governor's Prevention Partnership has convened mentoring programs in key cities around the State of Connecticut. Members from area programs are provided with mentoring resources, learn best practices and have opportunities to network with other programs. Attend this interactive workshop and learn how to design a mentoring collaborative in your own community. Participants will receive a newly-developed Mentoring Collaborative Toolkit, made possible through funding from the Pitney Bowes Foundation, and hear firsthand how this innovative approach is providing mentoring programs a way to reach more youth, mentors, and families while building the capacity of their mentoring program.
     

    Collaborations

    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Celebrity Power: Secrets & Strategies To Secure Partnerships with Professional Athletes
    Celebrity Power: Secrets & Strategies to Secure Partnerships with Professional Athletes & Entertainers No Matter Your Budget.NFL Super Bowl Champion, entrepreneur, and mentorship advocate Roland Williams wants to help organizations committed to mentorship leverage the power of celebrity to increase mentor participation, student impact and donor support. Get ready, this highly interactive session will teach you:1. The three major pitfalls most organizations make in trying to engage celebrities and how to avoid them.2. How to secure a celebrity not matter your budget.3. How to maximize your ROI once a celebrity engagement is secured.
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    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Kids and Cops, Creating Partnerships for Social Impact: Connecting Police and Youth
    Goodwill Industries of Denver and Denver Police Department have partnered together to improve the lives of youth living poverty that are at risk of dropping out of school. Through this partnership the mentoring program has been extremely successful in mitigating delinquency in youth involved with or at risk for involvement with the Juvenile Justice System within our region. Kids and Cops workshop, seeks to proactively improve relationships between youth and law enforcement by bringing police officers and young people together in a respectful, empowering, and successful mentoring program.
     

    Nonprofit Management

    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    More than the Numbers: A Data-Based, Relationship-Enriched Approach to Quality Improvement
    Option 1: Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI): everyone seems to be talking about it, but how do you do it in a way invites all constituents to authentically engage in a manner that both produces a plan and the kind of team culture that can execute that plan sustainably? In this workshop, you will be introduced to research-informed principles that can help your organization to assess your quality improvement practices, identify tangible action steps to strengthen those practices and ensure that you are equally rigorous in your focus on stakeholder investment as you are on analyzing data.
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    Exemplary program models

    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Recruit to Retention- Engaging Volunteers through a Mentor-Centered TEAM Model
    In this workshop, participants will explore elements of the Team Mentoring Model, emphasizing the impact that quality mentor-to-mentor relationships can have on the success of mentoring matches. This session will feature innovative methods of volunteer recruitment, match monitoring & support, as well as retention practices. Attendees will leave with various recruitment techniques that are easily replicable in any community, as well as sample exercises used for relationship development amongst volunteer mentors. Â
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    Philanthropic Partnerships

    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Leveraging Technology to Drive Mentoring Impact & Capacity
    Technology has the ability to impact both the outcomes of mentoring relationships and the capacity of mentoring programs to serve more young people. This session will explore how technology is supporting students on their path to college and maximizing employee engagement at Deloitte via a virtual mentoring partnership with Strive for College. We will also explore the outcomes of a technology partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta and TechBridge who implemented a Salesforce database and paperless system for volunteer applications that has enhanced the tracking, analysis and reporting of data.
    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Utilizing Corporate Platforms to Elevate the Mentoring Field and Recruit Mentors
    As we collectively work to elevate the field of mentoring into a leading cause category, we need to learn how to better collaborate with the corporate sector and utilize its unique advantages and assets. In this workshop, attendees will explore the power that corporations have to advance the mentoring movement and recruit mentors for programs across the country. Learn from key influencers including Nike, the National Basketball Association, and LinkedIn regarding (a) what drove their commitment to mentoring, (b) actions they have taken and (c) ways that they measure and quantify their impact.
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    Mentoring Specific Youth Groups

    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    7 principles for designing inclusive mentoring programs, events, & activities
    How do you design program events, games, crafts, and activities that are inclusive to youth with and without disabilities? If you're running a youth program or event, it's important to proactively consider various inclusive design strategies during your planning efforts.This workshop will provide both practical tips and tools for designing inclusive activities. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of universal design principles, including how to modify or adapt existing activities and how to proactively design activities using inclusive strategies.
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    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    TMI: Tech Mentoring Integration
    As the 21st century marches toward increasing tech dependency, underrepresented urban youth more than ever must see themselves as tech producers if they are to survive and thrive. This workshop introduces participants to innovative approaches used in tech mentoring with urban youth that augments ongoing mentorship frameworks. Participants will learn to recruit and train tech mentors, receive data on the impact and importance of computational thinking in modern society, and learn to build cross-sector relationships where the tech mentoring occurs. Participants will experience mobile app and drone programming demonstrations that reinforce practical, engaging ways to mentor kids in tech.
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    Mentoring and national challenges

    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Introduction to Trauma-Informed Mentoring
    With nearly half of the nation's children experiencing one or more serious trauma, it is critical that we are trauma-informed in our efforts to support them. This training will review various types of trauma, prevalence, and symptoms youth experience as a result of trauma with a specialized focus on children experiencing systematic oppression, poverty, and violence. Insight gained will enhance participants' ability to effectively engage and mentor children who have survived trauma.
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    Supporting the mentoring relationship

    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Closing the Mentoring Gap. How Baltimore County Public Schools is providing high-quality mentoring
    As the 25th largest school system in the country, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) recognizes that the first step to preparing youth to be globally competitive graduates is to form meaningful and real relationships with the diverse population of students attending our schools and centers. Through mentoring, schools and community members are actively engaging youth in meaningful conversations and activities to improve school culture and climate. Come learn how BCPS is working with not only school-based employees, but non-school based employees and surrounding community members, to provide access to meaningful mentoring programs to its 110,000+ students.
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    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    The Care & Feeding of Mentors: Maximizing Their Effectiveness
    Mentors can be your most valuable asset when well-supported. Learn about the stages mentors go through and how to respond. This session will explore mentors' motivations and personalities. You will learn how to support your mentors through their stages as well as how to proactively prepare them to be an effective mentor, including concepts related to first generation students. You will be provided with exercises you can use in mentor training to create a self-awareness of their own biases. You will also deepen your appreciation (and capitalization) of the value each mentor brings.
    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    The Role and Impact of Parents and Guardians in the Match
    Thanks to valuable research we know that the effective involvement of Parents can be an important factor in successful mentioning relationships. But what are some effective strategies for securing their involvement? In this interactive workshop, Participants will explore strategies for bringing Parents and Guardians into our programs in a way that is rewarding for youth as well as the Parents and Guardians. Participants will receive relevant Parent/Guardian involvement materials.
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    Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring

    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Finding the Right Mentors: Targeted Mentor Recruitment
    Do you have all the mentors you need? Most programs struggle torecruit enough mentors to meet the needs of the young peopleinterested in the program. In this session, we will explore theconcept of targeted mentor recruitment and how you can use it tofind mentors who are likely to stay with your program long term. You will leave this interactive session with ideas to maximize yourrecruitment efforts and a template for a recruitment plan that can be used by individual staff or a team.
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    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Healthy Match Closure Steps - Janus Process
    This session presents a 5-step process for healthy match closure and highlights research that calls us to revamp match closure in the face of the percentage of matches that end early. Research tells us that the way a match ends is as important as the way it begins, how the relationship develops, and how it progresses. Participants will be engaged in reflection on relationship endings, will practice steps for healthy match closure, and will see the role of match closure in the other EEP Standards. Participants will experience the powerful difference between saying "Good-bye" and "See ya".
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    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Mentors and Money: How to Recruit Mentors and Fundraise with Limited Resources
    Do you struggle finding mentors? Do you struggle raising funds for your mentoring program? This interactive session will explore the intersection of events and fundraising that help recruit mentors by using personal connections. Presenters have backgrounds in counseling, special education, and occupational and adult education. The presenters will share a commitment to honor the experiences of professionals in the session, as well as the complicated realities facing mentoring programs. Mentor recruitment events, fundraising, and personal connections will provide the backdrop for our conversation. Attendees will leave this session with tangible ideas to help support their program.
    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Your Child's Personal Safety Educating Parents on Sexual Abuse Prevention
    In this session, participants will learn about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Americas partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and renowned national experts Dr. Keith Kaufman and John Patterson to develop a parent training on the prevention of child sexual abuse. Learn how these national experts developed and tested new educational materials for the parents of mentees to help raise awareness about the risks of exploitation in their children's lives. This session will cover successes and challenges in implementing an in-person training for parents and areas for expansion of this program in the future.
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    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    *I do not wish to attend a workshop in this time block*
     

    Innovations

    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Creative Mindset: Inspiring Mentoring Relationships
    Success in a youth mentoring program includes relationship satisfaction, the right approach from the mentor, and meaningful activities. This workshop proposes that the addition of creativity with creative art activities can enhance positive outcomes. Receive tips on how creativity impacts learning and relationship building, experience simple art activities using mobile phone cameras that can easily be incorporated into a variety of programs, and discuss results of research from a photography-based mentoring program, First Exposures. No previous creative experience required and no new materials to source in amplifying your program's outcomes.
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    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Hoop Heroes: Leveraging Basketball to Promote Mentoring, Leadership and Community Engagement
    "Who has next?" "Can I run with you?" If you play basketball for fun, you know that each day thousands of complete strangers meet and ask these questions and then spend hours playing together and building relationships. After-School All-Stars leverages the unique power of the game to connect people of all backgrounds together through their national Hoop Heroes program. We share how any mentoring program can leverage the popularity, experiential learning and bonding power of the game to recruit more male mentors and to teach students about leadership, college and career pathways in a hands-on fun way.
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    How Chattanooga started a city-wide mentoring hub using collective impact and real-time technology
    The Chattanooga Mentoring Collective and online MentorChatt.org started just over a year ago with community leaders visioning and planning. In that short time, more than 1,100 people have signed up to mentor, 11 local mentoring organizations joined the movement, the mayor introduced his mentee to the city and invited everyone to join. We have built and continue to build a radical online mentoring community within Learning Relationship Management software. LRM allows us to provide personalized concierge service to all mentors during on-boarding, a continuous community of connected mentors, a curated library of on-the-spot quick apps with satisfaction and tracking features.
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    What's so Interesting on Your Phone, Anyway? Using Data and Technology to Recruit, Sustain & Retain
    Learn how to use popular technology fixation to your advantage and maximize your time. Learn about various technology platforms, how to tap into digital tools and resources to better foster quality relationships and promote your mission. Learn how to assess and analyze free data that is readily available for you to better understand who are the target audiences you are trying to reach and impact, what people are paying attention to, and how to take action to engage them. Lastly, learn how to create and nurture long lasting relationships with your organization's champions and let them help build your network.
     

    Collaborations

    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    A New Vision of Developmental Mentoring: A Research-Practitioner Partnership
    In this workshop, participants will learn about the value of employing a research-based youth development framework to building relationships with students and how to develop, design and scale a research-practitioner partnership. The session will highlight the work of City Year, a national education nonprofit fueled by national service, and The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience, a translational center at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, that connects research to practice. City Year has incorporated The PEAR Institute's theory of youth development, the Clover Model, and its research-informed professional development practices into City Year’s work with 330 schools nationwide.
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Stop, COLLABORATE and listen! It's a Team effort!
    Stop, COLLABORATE and listen! It's a TEAM effort!Come learn how three like-minded organizations came together to focus their efforts on Oklahoma's largest school district and ultimately expanded each of their individual footprints while changing the direction of an entire community through team sports and character building. Additionally, learn how simple it is to duplicate this unique model in your community.
     

    Exemplary program models

    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Relationships: The Key for Successful Out of School – After School Programming
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    School-Based Peer Mentoring to Improve School Climate and Forge Effective Peer-to-Peer Relationships
    The proposed workshop presents considerations and strategies for establishing an effective school-based peer mentoring program. We will explore benefits and challenges to school-based peer mentoring and share best practice recommendations for program design and implementation that align with the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring. The Peer Group Connection (PGC) program will be presented as a case study example of an evidence-based model that has been successfully implemented in over 200 schools across the country since 1979. Participants will learn evidence-based practices for developing student mentors who are strongly connected through caring relationships.
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    Philanthropic Partnerships

    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Magnetic and Meaningful Mentoring and Private/Public Partnerships: Genentech & SSFUSD's Futurelab In
    Genentech and South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) will share tangible ways that we have partnered through our Futurelab initiative to deliver high-quality mentoring and science education programs to SSFUSD students, engage passionate employees, and bolster a high-need public school district’s capacity. This will be an interactive session during which the majority of the time will be spent in small group discussions with attendees asking questions and providing feedback.
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Maximizing Investments in College and Career Readiness
    This session will explore the diverse ways that foundations and corporations can maximize their investment in mentoring which supports college and career readiness. Through three rounds of interviews with program providers, youth, employers and philanthropic partners, we will explore trends in the field, the needs of mentors and managers of youth in the workplace, and the supports that youth need to succeed academically and professionally. Participants will gain tangible advice on how to build and manage cross-sector partnerships that deliver results for young people, employers and the community.
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    Mentoring Specific Youth Groups

    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Mentoring Gang Exposed or Involved Youth
    Mentoring Gang Expose or Involved Youth: Involvement in a quality-based mentoring program can be beneficial to a wide variety youth, including those who are involved in a gang or have been impacted by gang activity, whether it be through their family or exposure in their communities. While the foundation, principles, and best practices for the mentoring process remain the same for this population of youth, this workshop will provide information and resources on best practices in the field for mentoring gang exposed or involved youth. It will provide attendees with knowledge and tools they can directly apply.
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Mentoring Refugee and First Generation American Youth
    In 2017, the Omaha nonprofit and philanthropic community came together to create it's first-ever mentoring program to specifically serve refugee and first generation American Youth. Learn from Midlands Mentoring Partnership and the Luol Deng Foundation how this innovative program was created, taking into consideration cultural barriers, historical challenges with the refugee and African-American population in the Omaha community, and a lack of services for this population in general. This session will help participants consider how a similar program may be implemented to serve the unique populations in their own community.
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Mentoring Youth in Foster Care - A Research Review
    Mentoring maltreated youth in foster care presents exceptional opportunities and challenges. While a steady presence in the midst of instability and trauma may confer great benefit, the impact of mentoring is mediocre at best, and detrimental at worst, if unique challenges are not managed sensitively and effectively. In this workshop, we will present the current state of research on mentoring maltreated youth in foster care, including what is known about impact, the factors that facilitate or hamper positive outcomes, and issues of program implementation and sustainability.
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    The Role of Culture in Mentoring Immigrants and Children of Immigrants
    Ever been asked "where are you really from"? We examine how the current national situation has added to fear, anxiety, and marginalization felt by many minority groups. As part of marginalized groups, individuals born to immigrants or who immigrated themselves can feel a loss of identity. Furthermore, they walk a line between home and dominant cultures that have differing social norms and expectations, leading to internal conflicts about personal identity. Mentors who match on culture provide young adults with the bridge between two cultures, assisting to negotiate two worlds and forming a hybrid culture within which they can feel empowered.
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    Mentoring and national challenges

    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Innovations in Promoting College & Career Success for Low-income Youth
    How can mentoring programs prepare mentees for college and career success in a rapidly changing labor market? Revolutions in career interest and aptitude assessment and "big data" are making it easier and more affordable than ever for young people, with the right guidance, to develop career aspirations and post-secondary education plans that are informed by labor market demand, wage projections, and their own interests and aptitudes. This session will identify four key practices mentoring programs can adopt to promote college and career success for low-income youth based on the latest research and cutting edge innovations in the field.
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    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Mentoring in Financially-Stressed Rural Communities
    Over the past decade there has been a rise in rural child poverty in America. This increase in poverty has contributed to an unravelling of communities through drugs, family breakdown, and a growing loss of hope that their culture can survive. This workshop will look at the issues of rural children and show how to develop mentoring programs that address their needs while respecting their culture. Participants will examine examples of mentoring programs that are effective and sustainable in rural populations.
     

    Supporting the mentoring relationship

    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Building Autonomy Supportive Relationships
    This workshop is designed to engage participants in experiences that will enhance their understanding and ability to implement autonomy supportive strategies in creating effective mentor/mentee relationships. .
    Speakers:
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    The Power of Yet: Growth Mindset in the Mentoring Relationship
    Ongoing training and support for mentors includes more than just policy and procedure. Growth mindset learning is one of the academy sessions that a school-based mentoring program has utilized to keep their mentors connected to newest research, and practicing the MENTOR growth mindset online toolkit. Participants will practice using these resources and gain insight to establishing their own academy-style ongoing training plans for their organization.
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    Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring

    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    2018: Presenter of: Mentor Screening: Keeping Our Youth SAFE
    Friends for Youth, Inc.'s Emeritus CEO Becky Cooper pioneered SAFE (Screening Applicants for Effectiveness): Guidelines to Prevent Child Molestation in Mentoring and Youth-Serving Organizations in order to provide mentoring programs with the knowledge necessary to diligently screen mentors who will work with children. This workshop offers recommendations on screening and monitoring tools and processes, and on developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure maximum safety. We also review what is known about child sexual abuse perpetrators, helping youth professionals understand what to look for and how to utilize their informed intuition when applying screening practices and utilizing screening tools.
    Speakers:
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Lights, Camera, ACTION!: Using an action plan to create a quality mentoring program
    Impactful youth mentoring programs are created through utilizing the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, a well-articulated planning and implementation, sustained commitment to supporting volunteers, with a system for continuous improvement. This interactive workshop is designed for all levels of practitioners with a desire to improve or create a mentoring program or a youth agency director who would like to create a mentoring program or infuse mentoring into an existing volunteer program. Participants will focus on assessing community assets, program development using an action plan, and leave with practical tools to build or enhance a quality program.
    Speakers:
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Untapped Potential: Empowering Teens as Mentors
    Fact: high-risk youth are influenced by their peers more than anything else. For this reason, cross-age peer mentoring has incredible potential to positively impact youth that many other programs have a difficult time reaching. During this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn how to implement a research-based, cross-age peer mentoring program in their specific setting.
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    12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
    General Session and Luncheon  (Grand Ballroom)
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