This session will focus on the development of mentoring relationships, with attention to the nature and course of interactions and activities that come to define matches over time. The session will integrate recent theory and research regarding the distinctive features of youth mentoring relationships and the factors that contribute to successful mentoring experiences. Numerous examples will be drawn from research and practice to illustrate new approaches being implemented by formal mentoring programs to enhance youth outcomes through mentoring. Discussion will center on the implications for making and supporting effective matches.
Thomas Keller is the Duncan & Cindy Campbell Professor for Children, Youth and Families with an Emphasis on Mentoring, in the School of Social Work at Portland State University. In addition to directing the CIMR, Dr. Keller also directs the PSU Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring. His research focuses on the development and influence of relationships established in youth mentoring programs, the role of mentoring within a young person’s social network, and the professional development of staff in youth mentoring programs.
This workshop is free. If you would like CEU-qualifying education credit hours there is a $10 admin fee. Register >>