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Special Video Feature: The Role of Risk

Special Video Feature: The Role of Risk
Researchers discuss risk and other personal and environmental factors that influence mentoring relationships

Video Feature: Innovative Program Models

Video Feature: Innovative Program Models
Hear from mentoring researchers featured in the 2012 Summer Institute

Video Feature: Mentoring in Juvenile Justice & Foster Care

Video Feature: Mentoring in Juvenile Justice & Foster Care
Hear from a dozen leading researchers and foster youth about mentoring in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems...
Bringing together top researchers and practitioners in the field of youth mentoring to create innovation, leadership and quality-based practice

The seventh annual Summer Institute was held July 22-26. We wish to thank all of the researchers and mentoring practioners that made the Institute a truly distinctive educational opportunity. The Summer Institute is held annually at PSU. Participants attend an intensive week-long seminar presenting the latest developments in theory and research on youth mentoring. Each session is led by a prominent, internationally recognized research fellow. The aim is a series of highly interactive discussions that provide an in-depth view of the research and examine its implications for program policies and practices. Sessions include time for participants to think critically and creatively about their own program issues and explore opportunities for innovation. A fundamental premise of the institute is that a sustained dialogue between experienced professionals and researchers stimulates research with relevance to the field and enhances its translation to practical application. As a general theme, the 2013 Summer Institute will focus on the role of risk and other personal and environmental factors that influence mentoring relationships and their effectiveness.  

Research fellows are selected for their expertise. Each fellow is an influential scholar who has made important contributions to 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 2013 are Tim Cavell of the University of Arkansas, Noelle Hurd of the University of Virginia, Carla Herrera formerly of P/PV, and Michael Karcher of the University of Texas—San Antonio.
 
To encourage an active exchange among professional peers and with researchers, the Summer Institute seminar is limited to 25 participants. Ideal participants have several years of experience in the field of youth development 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 (e.g., CEO’s, program directors). The application deadline for the Summer Institute has been extended to May 17.