The 2016 Summer Institute
Portland State University and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership are proud to present the 2016 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring, held August 1-4th in Portland, Oregon. The 2016 Summer Institute focused on the topic of relationship endings, particularly early match closures. Special attention will be given to the ways that programs manage both planned and unplanned closures.
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 2016 are Antoinette Basualdo-Delmonico of Boston University, Michael Karcher of the University of Texas—San Antonio, Elizabeth Raposa of College of William and Mary, and Renee Spencer of Boston University. In addition, the Institute will feature several guest speakers. >>Bios for Research Fellows
The Summer Institute offers a distinctive educational opportunity for experienced mentoring professionals. Participants attend an intensive four-day 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.