2015 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring is open for registration!

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 5.38.07 PM2015 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring

Portland State University and MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership are proud to present the 2015 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring. The Summer Institute offers a distinctive educational opportunity for experienced mentoring professionals. Participants attend an intensive week-long seminar presenting the latest developments in theory and research on youth mentoring. Each session is led by a prominent scholar in the field of youth mentoring. The aim is a series of highly interactive discussions that provide an in-depth view of the research and examine its implications for program policies and practices. Sessions include time for participants to think critically and creatively about their own program issues and explore opportunities for innovation. As a general theme, the 2015 Summer Institute will focus on match support—the ways in which programs monitor and promote the ongoing development and maintenance of positive mentoring relationships.  


To encourage an active exchange among professional peers and with researchers, the Summer Institute seminar is limited to 25 participants. Ideal participants have several years of experience in the field of youth development and are seeking an advanced level of professional development. They are experienced professionals who hold positions enabling them to influence the training and supervision of staff, the development of program models, and the implementation of service delivery changes based on the latest advances in the field (e.g., CEOs, program directors).

Research Fellows

Research fellows are selected for their expertise and influence in the field of mentoring. Fellows give presentations and contribute their insights to the discussions throughout the week. The Director of the Summer Institute is Thomas Keller, the Duncan and Cindy Campbell Professor for Children, Youth, and Families with an Emphasis on Mentoring at Portland State University. Research fellows for 2015 are:

  • David DuBois of the University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Kevin Jones of the University of Portland
  • Michael Karcher of the University of Texas-San Antonio
  • Renee Spencer of Boston University
  • Lindsey Weiler of the University of Minnesota
  • And special guest speaker Simon Larose of the University of Laval in Canada 


Prospective participants complete a short application and provide a current resume. Space is limited to 25 participants. Participants are expected to attend the entire week-long seminar. Information on applying can be found here.  


Tuition for the week-long seminar is $725. Tuition scholarships are available and can be requested at the time of application.

2015 Dates

  • The Summer Institute will be held at Portland State University from July 20 – July 24, 2015
  • Applications and scholarship requests are due by April 30, 2015