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One of the more complicated aspects of running a youth mentoring program is figuring out how and when to engage parents and other family members. Parents can play a crucial role in supporting the relationship between a mentor and mentee, but programs often struggle to facilitate their authentic engagement and define parent roles and responsibilities. Some programs offer a wealth of services and supports to parents to nurture their engagement, while other programs don’t ask parents for much beyond just allowing their child to participate
Please join us on May 15th as we explore strategies for family engagement in mentoring programs. Leading researchers Andrea Taylor, Ph.D. (Temple University), Renee Spencer, Ph.D. (Boston University), and Antoinette Basualdo-Delmonico, Ph.D. (Boston University) will summarize research on the interactions between mentoring programs and parents of mentees and review recommended practices for boosting parent engagement. The session will also examine they ways in which parents contribute to mentoring outcomes, as well their expectations around what the mentoring experience will be like for their child. We will also be encouraging attendees to share their best practices and strategies for engaging parents and families. Join us for a lively conversation about this often overlooked aspect of youth mentoring.