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The Network Is for You

Join a community of like-minded professionals committed to providing quality mentoring relationships to young people. Network members are youth development and mentoring practitioners invested in building their skills, enhancing the practices of their organization, and amplifying the mentoring movement.


Why Become a Member?

As a member of the Network, you can:

  • Create a profile and bookmark your favorite resources

  • Engage in community discussions on the forum

  • Access emerging learning materials

  • Participate in cohort learning sessions

  • Receive invitations to fellowship and leadership roundtable sessions

  • Get special recognition for you and your program


Get involved in the Network's mentoring community of practice through regular roundtable discussions, cohort learning events, and leadership opportunities.

MENTOR New York's Leadership Roundtables convene mentoring practitioners interested in exploring a specific topic. Roundtables are facilitated conversations where every attendee has an equal opportunity to participate and engage in the discussion. Insights, tips, and resources cultivated during the conversation are leveraged across the MENTOR New York Network to scale effective practices and fuel learning and development for the mentoring movement. 

Leadership Roundtable Objectives:

  • Create community and networking connections between mentoring professionals working in similar spaces

  • Share practices and approaches to deepen and scale work and impact

  • Elevate network members and the fantastic work happening

  • Facilitate discussion to learn where network members could use more resources or specific areas of support

  • Create future learning agendas to continue to innovate and influence the mentoring field at large


Check out our Programming Events Calendar to see when Leadership Roundtables are scheduled:

  • Mentoring in Higher Education

  • Mentoring in the Workplace

  • Mentoring Leadership - Running a mentoring program organization

  • Mentoring in Sports

  • Mentoring in STEAM

  • Mentoring in Western New York

  • Mentoring on Long Island New York


Meet the 2022 Change Makers

Participants of MENTOR New York's Organizational Change Makers Fellowship meet over several virtual sessions to receive professional development training and build an action plan to implement their ideas in practice. If you want to make a change within your organization, apply to join our 2023 cohort.

Daniel Gonzalez

Dan is a Programs Associate at Minds Matter of New York City. Minds Matter connects driven and determined students from low-income families with the people, preparation, and possibilities to succeed in college, create their future, and change the world. Dan strives to lift other first-gens and low-income students as they navigate college and their careers.

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Alexxis Briviesca

Alexxis is a Senior Program Manager, LGBTQ+ Programming with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. Her priorities align with the necessity to provide the LGBTQ+ community a proactively affirming environment through advocacy, policy initiatives, competency training, and peer support.

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Kelsie Qua

Kelsie is the Program Coordinator for Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar. In her current role, she helps promising high schoolers succeed as first-generation college students by leading afterschool sessions, coordinating a community mentoring program, and distributing college stipends. Kelsie enjoys empowering students to achieve their goals through the “coach approach,” which stresses active listening and self-advocacy.

Michelle Jervis-White

As a licensed Clinical Social Worker, Michelle has worked in substance abuse, aging, and mental health. She has been practicing in New York City for over 20 years and founded the nonprofit Girls Mentor Girls in 2019. She is currently a school social for NYC Department of Education, and started her mental health private practice five years ago.

Maria Santana

Maria is a Dominican and Haitian Brooklyn native. She studied Adolescent Psychology and Legal Studies at The City College of New York. Maria has dedicated nearly a decade of her career to youth development work that inspires young people to reach their full potential. She hopes to continue challenging systems and intuitions to strive for social change and equity.

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Demishia Owens

Demishia has worked with youth and families for over 16 years. She joined EAC Network in 2005 as a Senior Case Manager for EAC’s Alternatives for Youth Program, before being promoted to Deputy Director and then Program Director. She currently provides effective interventions for alleged PINS youth associated with detention, and support services for at-risk and foster care youth.

This fellowship helped open my eyes to new and unexpected opportunities to elevate youth voices in all aspects of our programming. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to create a more equitable world with our youth through their mentoring work.

Kyra Holiday, Program Manager, Connections Mentoring

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Kyra Holiday

Kyra is the Program Manager of Connections Mentoring in the New York City area. She has been working in Social Services for six years, with experience in JJI, foster care and adoption, and mentoring. Kyra is a huge Philadelphia Phillies fan, and she enjoys reading, playing the guitar, and binge-watching Netflix – when she's not making mentor matches.

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Zoë Auerbach

Zoë is the CHIME & Young Leaders Program Manager at ESYO. She has enjoyed a varied and full career as a violinist/violist, teacher, and arts administrator. She is the founding executive director of Harmony Project Hudson, a tuition-free music program aimed at helping young people in Hudson, NY realize their fullest potential through the powerful connections forged in the study of music.

Simone Ragland

Simone Ragland is a Licensed Social Worker, administrator, educator, and proud Buffalonian. She has over 20 years of experience providing support services to individuals and families by facilitating parent education classes, family support for individuals with developmental disabilities, and recovery treatment and in-home intensive therapy for children and families.

Taruna Sadhoo

Taruna currently serves as the Director of Experiential Education at Queens College. She is responsible for the management and expansion of several key service-learning, civic engagement, and high-impact internship programs, including the CUNY Service Corps, CUNY Recovery Corps, and Google Computer Science Summer Institute.

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