THE EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL

MENTORING MATTERS CONFERENCE

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The18th Annual Mentoring Matters Conference presented by PSEG Long Island was held virtually on Friday, April 16th with a full day of professional development focused on increasing racial justice and equity and creating spaces of joy for young people. At the conference, attendees had the space to learn, reflect, reassess, and redirect their work in ways that ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion are a driving force. 

Couldn't join us on April 16th to experience the conference live?

It's not too late to take advantage of the conference's content - watch the recorded sessions!

If you missed the conference, but would like to access the keynote, workshops, and plenaries packed with actionable information and skill-building expertise, you can purchase the Conference Recording Package for a low cost

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.

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CONFERENCE RECORDINGS

The following conference sessions were recorded are included in the purchase of the Conference Recordings Package. Read more about these sessions and the presenters HERE

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

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

Recordings will be available for purchase. 

 

REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE RECORDINGS

Register to access recordings of all conference sessions for only $20.

If you have any trouble purchasing through the Eventbrite window above, please use the link below to register for the Conference Recording Package directly off the Eventbrite website.

 
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TIM (Today in Mentoring)TALK

Building Systems & Organizations to Support Racial Equity

 

At the 2021 Conference, MENTOR New York CEO Brenda Jimenez facilitated a 30-minute plenary featuring Dr. Rolanda Ward of Niagara University and Chotsani Williams West of Adelphi University.  Watch it below.

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT

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

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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

Welcome Remarks
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