SOURCE: MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

January 29, 2014 09:22 ET

Cal Ripken, Jr. and David Gregory Headline the National Mentoring Summit

Forum Serves the Youth Mentoring Movement to Explore and Advance Mentoring's Positive Impact on Individuals and Communities

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - January 29, 2014) - On January 30, more than 700 youth mentoring practitioners, researchers, advocates, corporate partners, government and civic leaders, national youth-serving organizations and the network of Mentoring Partnerships will gather for the fourth annual National Mentoring Summit. This signature event for the youth mentoring field is convened by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and supported by host committee members Corporation for National and Community Service, Harvard School of Public Health, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and United Way Worldwide.

The 2014 National Mentoring Summit theme is Mentoring Works and will focus on how quality mentoring relationships help young people succeed at home, in school and at work. General session plenaries and more than 60 individual workshops will demonstrate the many ways in which mentoring works to support positive youth outcomes by showcasing innovative program models, emerging research, and the nuances of supporting diverse youth populations.

Baseball legend and youth advocate Cal Ripken, Jr. will serve as the Summit's opening keynote speaker, and Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina will give remarks at an evening reception. Additional plenary highlights include:

Mentoring's Role in Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline
This panel will explore ways to keep young people from becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, and demonstrate how mentoring relationships and the wider mentoring field work to interrupt and dismantle the school to prison pipeline and how the impact of those efforts can be enhanced.

Moderator: David Gregory, NBC News' Meet the Press

Panelists: 

  • Robert Listenbee, Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Roger Jarjoura, Principal Researcher, Human and Social Development Program, American Institutes for Research
  • Laurie Parise, Executive Director and Founder, Youth Represent
  • James Anderson, Program Administrator, Anti-Recidivism Coalition

The Mentoring Effect: Young People's Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring
This panel will explore insights gained from the first-ever nationally representative survey of young people on the topic of mentoring. Commissioned by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, with support from AT&T and written by Civic Enterprises with Hart Research, the findings of this report are consistent with a powerful mentoring effect as demonstrated by the life experiences of the young people surveyed and mentoring's link to improved academic, social and economic prospects.

Panelists: 

  • David Shapiro, President and CEO, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
  • John Bridgeland, CEO, Civic Enterprises
  • Mark Edwards, Executive Director, Opportunity Nation
  • John Gomperts, President and CEO, America's Promise Alliance
  • Jean Rhodes, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Marty Martinez, CEO, Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mentoring Works: Peacemaking and the Role of Mentoring

This panel brings the theme Mentoring Works to life. Awardees of the inaugural Peace First Prize will describe the peacemaking work they are leading and the role mentoring has played in their development and commitment to social justice.

Moderator: Tammy Tai, Chief Program Officer, MENTOR

Panelists: 

  • Babtunde Salaam, 21, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mary-Patricia Hector, 15, Lithonia, Georgia
  • Danielle Liebl, 22, St. Joseph, Minnesota
  • Eric Dawson, President and Co-Founder, Peace First

The event will also feature the 2014 Annual Excellence in Mentoring Awards, which recognize mentoring champions who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to quality youth mentoring through individual volunteerism, fundraising and advocacy on behalf of supportive public policies and leadership on a variety of efforts to expand quality mentoring opportunities for young people. The 2014 awards will honor:

  • Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-2)
  • Congressman Frank Wolf (VA-10)
  • Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, Washington
  • Maura Corrigan, Mentor and Director, Michigan Department of Human Services

A special ceremony led by Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer will recognize companies participating in the Corporate Mentoring Challenge, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama as a challenge to the private sector to create or expand a mentoring initiative within their companies and to encourage employee participation in youth mentoring programs. Special recognition will go to:

  • Bank of America
  • Coastway Community Bank (Rhode Island)
  • Luxottica North America (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

The 2014 National Mentoring Summit is made possible by the generous support of:

  • Lead sponsors: Bank of America and EY
  • Platinum sponsor: State Street
  • Gold sponsor: Viacom
  • Silver sponsors: 3M and Mustang Leadership Partners
  • Bronze sponsors: The Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Luxottica North America

In addition, the Summit is supported by more than 20 leading national youth-serving organizations and a bipartisan Honorary Congressional Committee comprised of 25 members of congress.

About MENTOR

MENTOR is the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in the United States. MENTOR's mission is to close the "mentoring gap" and ensure our nation's young people have the support they need through quality mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school, and ultimately, work. To achieve this, MENTOR collaborates with its Mentoring Partnership Network and works to drive the investment of time and money into high impact mentoring programs and advance quality mentoring through the development and delivery of standards, cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art tools. 

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