Next month, on Monday, October 20, the MENTOR/UMass Boston Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring is hosting a short course on Strengthening Links Between Formal and Informal Mentoring. Youth-initiated mentoring and other strategies that build on youth’s natural support network can expand the reach of formal mentoring, reduce programs’ recruitment efforts/expenses, and play an important role in easing youth’s post-program transition. Likewise, after school programs and other youth settings with informal mentors are increasingly encouraging their staff to be more “intentional” about their mentoring roles. By incorporating the best-practices that have been identified in formal mentoring, staff, coaches, camp counsellors, and countless other adults are well-positioned to more effectively leverage their influence.
Professor Richard Lerner, a pioneering child psychologist, will deliver the keynote address. Our additional speakers include Search Institute President and CEO, Dr. Kent Pekel, MENTOR’s CPO Tammy Tai, MMP President and CEO Marty Martinez, iRT President Dr. Janis Kupersmidt, as well as Professors Noelle Hurd, Sarah Schwartz, and Renee Spencer. See full bios.
The short course is offered as part of the MENTOR/UMB Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring’s popular Short Course Series. Continuing Education Units will available.
We hope you can make it!