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New York’s premier learning experience for mentoring and youth-development professionals

Join us for the 21st annual Mentoring Matters Conference on March 15, 2024! This year's theme, "Mentoring Can Do That", highlights the transformative power of mentorship to address critical issues for our young people, from loneliness and mental health to racial equity and academic advancement.

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Keynote & Youth Panels

To lift voices in our field.

Centering on authentic relationship-driven approaches with equity and joy as the foundation.

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Practice-Based Workshops

To reflect on, inform, and develop practice.


Practitioners apply knowledge to real-life situations through case studies and professional discussion.


Breakout Sessions
To elevate promising practices in the field.

 Attendees have the opportunity to come together to discuss workshop learnings and how to implement them within their organizations.  

I felt as if what was said during the conference was so validating for us—to have outside sources saying things about how important it is for organizations to prioritize youth voice and choice.

Zoë Auerbach, Program Manager, CHIME and Young Leaders



Save 50% on tickets now with our early-bird discount (total: $25).

General admission: $50
Group tickets: $40

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Workshop Preview

The conference offers an exciting day of meaningful dialogue and practical insights. In addition to our keynote Q&A and expert panels, you'll have the chance to choose from a diverse selection of workshops, each focusing on timely topics.


Building an Expertise Ecosystem

Entering into a new role, switching to a new company, or being promoted to an elevated position is never easy. In fact, the learning curve can leave mentees feeling completely out of their depth and overwhelmed. The key is to focus less on what mentees don’t know and more on what they do, emphasizing that they possess a particular set of skills, both tangible and transferable. It may be hard to bring these transferable skills into a role sitting in one function. So, a very helpful tool we’ll explore to help mentees map all their skills and strengths in one place is an “Expertise Ecosystem”.

This session will teach mentors how to discuss their mentees’ skills and strengths—whether directly connected to their professional goals or more personal attributes—in order to easily define their expertise. We’ll explore how understanding their skills and strengths can assist mentees’ with combatting feelings of imposter syndrome. Mentors will walk away feeling equipped to coach their mentees through their personal and professional journey, centering their authentic selves in the process.

About the Presenter

As Founder and Principal Consultant/Coach of ELVYN TREE Coaching & Consulting, Alisa France-Hazle partners with BIPOC professionals and the organizations that need them, to maximize their capacity for leadership with social justice at its core. Alisa is a space curator, maximizer, and creative idea generator. With over 10 years of non-profit experience, Alisa has worked in a coaching and counseling capacity, both internally and externally, around professional development, management, and anti-racism and anti-oppression. She has appeared at various speaking engagements and conferences discussing equity, inclusion, and social justice in nonprofit management, organizational leadership and youth development. Alisa holds a Masters of Arts in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in African American studies, from Howard University.

Past Conference Highlights

Curious about what to expect at the conference? Watch the dynamic morning panel from our previous event—and dive into our blog archive for a sneak peek at the speakers and workshops that make the conference a success.

Panel: Celebrating and Centering Youth and Community


Emphasizing the importance of meeting the youth and community "where they are," our experts discuss effective engagement, messaging, and youth-led approaches. The goal is to address specific needs and desires, with the aim of fostering intentional and transformative relationships.

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