from Mentoring.org. March 26, 2013: Registration is open for three conferences focused on advancing quality youth mentoring: The Youth Mentoring Collaborative (YMC) and Serve Colorado’s Colorado Mentoring Symposium – Youth Mentoring: The Next Step – April 12 in Denver; the Friends for Youth’s 14th Annual Mentoring Conference – Making the Most of Mentoring – April 18 and 19 in Santa Clara, CA, and the Oregon Mentors’ 2013 Conference – Identity and Equity in Youth Mentoring – May 2 and 3 in Portland, OR.
- The Colorado Mentoring Symposium 2013 will be April 12 at the Red Lion Hotel Southeast in Denver. The Youth Mentoring Collaborative (YMC) and Serve Colorado are partnering to host this event, with the theme Youth Mentoring: The Next Step. Programming will include workshops with a variety of topics including bullying prevention, collective impact, fund raising, safety, boys in poverty and secondary trauma, as well as an exhibit hall showcasing companies or nonprofits that may benefit youth mentoring programs. MENTOR’s President and Chief Executive Officer David Shapiro will be the keynote speaker. For more information and to register, visit youthmentoringcollaborative.net.
- The Friends for Youth conference will feature research keynote speakers David DuBois, Ph.D., and Michael Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D., who will discuss the new, second edition of the Handbook on Youth Mentoring. In addition, 10 deeper-learning sessions will be offered April 18, with 15 shorter workshops offered April 19. All sessions will be hosted at presenting sponsor Oracle’s Santa Clara Conference Center. Exhibit space also is available. To view the full conference schedule and to register, visit friendsforyouth.org/MI-Conference.html.
- The Oregon Mentors’ 2013 Conference will create a space for open dialogue about the role of identity in positive youth development and how the field can work toward equitable practices through programmatic and organizational change. The keynote speaker will be the Director of Student Equity and Volunteer Services, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Graig Meyer. Meyer also coordinates the award-winning Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program, aimed at improving the achievement of students of color through mentoring, advocacy, tutoring, leadership development and scholarship support. In addition, participants can choose to attend three of nine different workshops. To learn more and to register, visit oregonmentors.org/formentoringprograms/annualconference/.