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The Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring brings top mentoring researchers and experienced practitioners from around the world to Portland State University for an intensive week-long seminar presenting the latest developments in theory and research on youth mentoring

2016 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring

Portland State University and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership are proud to present the 2016 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring. The Summer Institute offers a distinctive educational opportunity for experienced mentoring professionals to engage in highly interactive discussions that provide an in-depth view of the research and examine its implications for program policies and practices. Participants attend an intensive four-day seminar presenting the latest developments in theory and research on youth mentoring. Each session is led by a prominent scholar in the field of youth mentoring and includes time for participants to think critically and creatively about program issues and explore opportunities for innovation. As a general theme, the 2016 Summer Institute will focus on the ending of mentoring relationships, particularly early match closures. Attention will be given to how programs manage both planned and unplanned closures.   

Participants

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). 

Research Fellows

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

Applications

Prospective participants complete a short application and provide a current resume. Space is limited to 25 participants. Participants are expected to attend the entire seminar.  To apply, follow the steps on our applications page.

Costs

Tuition for the institute is $550. Tuition scholarships are available and can be requested at the time of application. Hotel accommodations at a discounted rate are available at University Place Hotel.

2016 Dates

The Summer Institute will be held at Portland State University from August 1-4, 2016. Applications and scholarship requests are due no later than May 13, 2016.

 

History of the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring

The Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring has become one of the premiere professional development opportunities in the field of youth work. The Institute is under the leadership of Thomas Keller, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research and Campbell Professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University. Each Institute features leading mentoring researchers in a small-group format. The result is a think-tank atmosphere for delving deeply into program practice and innovation. The issues and themes discussed are wide-ranging, including all aspects of quality practice in recruiting, training, matching and supporting mentors and mentees. Each Institute also focuses on a theme of high importance to the field, such as mentoring in juvenile justice and child welfare systems, diversity in mentoring relationships, and mentoring in school settings (view publications and video presentations in our Learning Hub). The Institute venue is on the campus of Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. In addition to the Institute, we hold community events to disseminate the discussions from the Institute to practitioners and policy leaders. The effectiveness of the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring is the subject of a recent article in  Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement.  >>download article  

 

Institute Director Thomas Keller, and participant McKeever Moham of the Dallas County Juvenile Department, explain the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring and discuss how the Institute model successfully bridges research and practice. 

Research Fellows and Featured Speakers

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. 

>> Researchers who have participated in the Summer Institute

 

Participants

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). Prospective participants complete a short application and provide a current resume. Space is limited to 25 participants. Participants are expected to attend the entire week-long seminar.

>> What our participants say about the Summer Institute

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For More Information

Write to siym@pdx.edu