Michael Garringer, National Mentoring Center
For a week in July, 2010, approximately forty leaders i the field of mentoring gathered from around the world at Portland State University's School of Social Work for the 2010 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring (SIYM). Over the past four years, SIYM has created unique opportunities for researchers and practitioners to share ideas and insights in an effort to advance the mentoring field. This year's event featured six distinguished Research Fellows (see sidebar). Each Scholar, as well as several other guest speakers and youth mentoring advocates, offered presentations on recent research and program innovations. As in past years, the exchange between mentoring researchers and select practitioners from the U.S. and international community inspired innovative new ideas and robust discussion about opportunities and challenges facing the youth mentoring movement...
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