Executive Director Dakota Koski and Program Coordinator attended the National Mentoring Summit in Washington DC last week.

The National Mentoring Summit is the only national convening of youth mentoring professionals, researchers, MENTOR Affiliates, philanthropic investors, and government and civic leaders aimed at collectively strengthening and expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people across the country.

The 2019 National Mentoring Summit featured more than 80 workshops that explore our annual theme, “Building Relationships, Advancing the Movement.” This year’s workshops offered a versatile array of prevalent topics such as mentoring immigrant youth, how to make programmatic changes based on research and data, collective impact in the mentoring field, and mentoring youth with mental health challenges. Workshop sessions showcased exemplary program models, collaborations, research, and innovations that have positive implications for strengthening the mentoring field. There was three workshop sessions on Thursday, January 31 and two workshop sessions on Friday, February 1, 2019.

The 2019 National Mentoring Summit featured six tracks that highlight specific areas of interest! These tracks enabled 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 were: Advocacy, Philanthropic Partnerships, Culturally Specific Practices, Research, Supporting the Mentoring Match, and Non-Profit Management.

Each year, MENTOR invites the nation’s leading philanthropic investors and partners in youth mentoring and those interested in exploring the issue further to connect and learn with hundreds of mentoring practitioners, policy makers, researchers and community leaders. Through interactive workshops and exclusive track programming, participants engage in meaningful discussions, peer to peer networking and invaluable idea exchanges aimed at accelerating solutions to close the mentoring gap in our country.