The 2015 Summer Institute will be held July 20-24.
Portland State University and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership are proud to present the 2015 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring. The Summer Institute offers a distinctive educational opportunity for experienced mentoring professionals. Participants attend an intensive week-long seminar presenting the latest developments in theory and research on youth mentoring. Sessions are led by prominent, internationally recognized research fellows and aim to promote highly interactive discussions that provide an in-depth view of the research and examine its implications for program policies and practices. Each session includes time for participants to think critically and creatively about their own program issues and explore opportunities for innovation. Ideal participants are those who have several years of experience in the field of youth mentoring and are seeking an advanced level of professional development. They are experienced professionals who hold positions enabling them to influence the training and supervision of staff, the development of program models, and the implementation of service delivery changes based on the latest advances in the field.As a general theme, the 2015 Summer Institute will focus on match support—the ways in which programs monitor and promote the ongoing development and maintenance of positive mentoring relationships.
Research fellows are selected for their expertise and influence in the field of mentoring. Fellows give presentations and contribute their insights to the discussions throughout the week. The Director of the Summer Institute is Thomas Keller, the Duncan and Cindy Campbell Professor for Children, Youth, and Families with an Emphasis on Mentoring at Portland State University. Research fellows for 2015 are David DuBois of the University of Illinois-Chicago, Kevin Jones of the University of Portland, Michael Karcher of the University of Texas—San Antonio, Renee Spencer of Boston University, Lindsey Weiler of the University of Minnesota. A special guest speaker is Simon Larose of the University of Laval in Quebec.