On November 14th, the first Nordic Mentoring Summit – will be arranged in Oslo, Norway. The aim is to provide an arena for mentoring professionals, researchers, government and civic leaders to meet to collectively strengthen and expand quality mentoring relationships for youth and other underrepresented target groups across the Nordics.
The goal with the summit is to enhance opportunities for collaboration and collective impact around mentoring in the Nordics. It will highlight the latest research on mentoring, mentee perspectives, sharing of best practices, greater advocacy on the benefits of mentoring and highlight the different roles technology can play in mentoring.
“Catalysts has seen the tremendous impact mentoring has on youth with a minority background in increasing their self-esteem and on assisting highly skilled immigrants in securing relevant employment. We see a need to make mentoring a part of the “system” in the Nordics and boost mentoring as an intervention for inclusion“, says Lisa Cooper, Founder and CEO of Catalysts.
The Summit has been carefully designed with a high level of involvement of youth who have themselves been in mentor programs. To ensure a Nordic youth and user perspective, four youth from the Nordics have participated in workshops to design the summit and will play a key role in the planning and implementation.
The keynote address will be held by Jean Rhodes, the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the director of the Center for Evidence-based Mentoring at UMass Boston.
With over 75 participants registered and the program filled with regional perspectives, a research perspectives, review of mentoring organizations in the Nordics and workshops on corporate perspectives, technology and best practices. At the summit we will also launch the Nordic Center for Evidence based mentoring and are looking forward to impacting mentoring in the Nordics.