THE EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL

MENTORING MATTERS CONFERENCE

presented by

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Join us virtually on Friday, April 16, 2021. 

The 18th annual Mentoring Matters Conference will focus on Collective Courage as a catalyst for increasing racial justice and equity and creating spaces of joy for young people. 2020 proved that relationships fuel our existence and allowing inequity to continue is unacceptable. For the professionals who work with and serve young people, now is the time to be courageous and take action toward an equitable future.

 

At the conference, you will have the space to learn, reflect, reassess and redirect your work in ways that ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion are a driving force. Buy your ticket now.

COLLECTIVE COURAGE

What if everyone had the courage and confidence to identify and call out racial inequity? What if everyone committed to disrupting systems of oppression and rebuilding with equity?  

The virtual 2021 Mentoring Matters Conference will convene courageous changemakers in the mentoring and youth development field. Together, we'll tackle hard conversations about racial inequity and systems of oppression to create actionable change that results in the infusion of joy and equity in all spaces where young people live, learn, work, and play.

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT

Click on a speaker to learn more about their conference presentation and read their bios.

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

The virtual conference will be hosted on the Whova app and utilize Zoom for workshop sessions. 

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

 

 

 

10:20 AM - 11:50 AM

 

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

 

12:25 PM - 12:55PM

 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

 

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM

 

 

 

 3:20 PM - 3:30 PM

Welcome & Keynote

Inspiring and Empowering Black & Brown Youth through Mentoring

Presented by Dr. Nisha Sachdev

Morning Workshops

  • Beyond Cultural Humility: Soft Skills to Support Cross-Cultural Matches

  • Practical Strategies for Racial Equity in Youth Support Programs

  • Addressing Trauma through Mentoring

TIM (Today in Mentoring) Talk

Building Systems & Organizations to Support Racial Equity

Presented by Dr. Rolanda Ward, Chotsani Williams West, and Brenda Jimenez

Networking Lunch

Afternoon Workshops

  • Recruiting and Retaining Mentors of Color

  • Leveraging Informal & Natural Mentors

  • Telling Your Program's Story with a Logic Model

  • ​It’s All About the Girls: Mentor African American Girls as If Their Health Depends On It

Plenary 

Youth Stories and Youth Leadership

Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Santiago, Ivette Maza Cabrera, Olivia Larson, Jasiah Jackson, and Javeon Mathews

Closing

*All times are in Eastern. 

 

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are structured to be interactive and informative. Each workshop will equip participants with new skills and/or information that allow them to exit the workshop with immediate, actionable steps to implement into their work with young people. 

 

Topics include:

  • Recruiting and Retaining Mentors of Color

  • Leveraging Informal & Natural Mentors

  • Addressing Trauma through Mentoring

  • Beyond Cultural Humility: Soft Skills to Support Cross-Cultural Matches

  • It’s All About the Girls: Mentor African American Girls as If Their Health Depends On It

  • Telling Your Program's Story with a Logic Model

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BUY YOUR TICKET

Register today at $40/ticket. Tickets sales will close the morning of Friday, April 16th. 

If you have any trouble purchasing your ticket through the Eventbrite window above, please use the link below to purchase your ticket directly off the Eventbrite website.

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NETWORKING

Going virtual shouldn’t mean you have less opportunities to network with other professionals working in the youth development and mentoring space, and at the 2021 conference, it doesn’t! 

 

The virtual conference is hosted on the Whova platform, accessible on your desktop or as an app, and features:

  • Discussion boards

  • Direct and group messaging

  • Speed-networking lunch session

Networking LunchJoin MENTOR New York in our networking lunch where you will have the chance to speak with other youth development professionals and make connections. Getting right to business, you will have 15 minutes before shuffling to the next virtual “table,” giving you optimal opportunity to meet more professionals and make meaningful connections.

 
 
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SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Convened by MENTOR New York

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Presenting Sponsor

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Community Partner Co-Hosts

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At the 2021 virtual Mentoring Matters Conference, the Mentoring Program, which is overseen by Adelphi University’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will be a community partner co-host. A thought leader in the Mentoring Movement, the program's first-year mentoring initiative received the 2018 and 2019 Eduventures Innovation Award for innovative student-centered programming. At the conference, Chotsani Williams West, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Adelphi, will address dimensions of mentoring for diverse populations in educational spaces, a topic of great interest to mentoring leaders, school supervisors and those interested in starting mentoring programs or serving as mentors.

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Niagara University will be a community partner co-host at the 2021 conference through the leadership of its Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equity, and Mission. Niagara University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is firmly committed to creating a diverse culture for our students that respects and embraces diversity and inclusion, regardless of your race, color, sexual orientation or gender. The Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality and Mission establishes critical interdependencies both on and off campus, working together with faculty and students across colleges and disciplines of study to leverage change in the academy and across sectors of education, business, government, and the community. 

Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsor

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CONFERENCE HISTORY 

For 17 years, the Mentoring Matters Conference has served as one of New York State's most notable opportunities to bring timely, relevant and compelling information to mentoring programs, educators, youth-serving professionals, mentors, and families. 

 

With limited low-cost professional development opportunities available for teachers, social workers, youth development professionals, and mentoring practitioners, MENTOR New York's conference creates an affordable option for professionals to come together for peer-sharing, networking, and learning of the best practices and latest research in mentoring and youth development.

The conference has been hosted on Long Island for 17 years and, in 2019, an additional conference was held in Niagara County to allow for participation from the Western New York mentoring community.

Due to the global pandemic, the conference planned for Western New York in 2020 was canceled.

RECAP OF THE 2020 CONFERENCE

Welcome Remarks
Welcome Remarks

CEO Brenda Jimenez making opening remarks at the 2020 Mentoring Matters Conference

Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion

Panel with SPEAK Mentorship Executive Director Hetal Jani

Keynote
Keynote

Keynote presented by Nadia Jean-Francois from ERASE Racism

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Welcome Remarks

CEO Brenda Jimenez making opening remarks at the 2020 Mentoring Matters Conference

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The 2020 Mentoring Matters Conference was hosted at LIU Post in Long Island and focused on Elevating Youth Voice. See event photos above or check out our Facebook Album