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A unique experience of learning, inspiration, and networking for the youth development field

March 15


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


About the Conference

Join us for a day filled with valuable insights at the 21st annual Mentoring Matters Conference. Explore current trends, challenges, and best practices in youth development, with a focus on building a brighter future for the next generation.

This year's theme, 'Mentoring Can Do That,' spotlights the impact of mentorship on key issues for our young people, from loneliness and mental health to the pursuit of racial equity.

Expert speakers

Keynote and youth panels center on authentic relationship-driven approaches to mentoring—with equity and joy as the foundation.

Practice-based workshops

Connect and learn with fellow youth-serving professionals, as practitioners share and apply their expertise to real-life situations.



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Alisa France-Hazle

Founder & Principal Consultant


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Jessica Brady

Asst. Director of Partnerships & Community Learning
The Opportunity Network

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Tasha Grant

Founder & Artistic Director

Maroon Theatre Project

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Sandra Nanita

Asst. Director of Partnerships & Wellness
The Opportunity Network

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Cecily Mitchell-Harper

Transformational Leader, Facilitator & Consultant

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Rolanda L. Ward

Associate Professor of Social Work,

Niagara University

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Janai Gilkes

Director, Foster Grandparents Program

NYC Department for the Aging

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Altagracia Montilla

Founder & Consultant

A.M Consulting

More speakers to be announced soon.



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2023 Panel Highlight

Celebrating and Centering Youth and Community

In this engaging discussion, our panel emphasizes the importance of meeting young people and their communities "where they are." Gain insights into effective engagement, messaging, and youth-led strategies that foster meaningful and transformative mentoring relationships.

Check out the MENTOR NY blog for more
past conference highlights.

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