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2015 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring
Portland State University and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership were proud to present the 2015 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 week-long 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 their own program issues and explore opportunities for innovation. 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.
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 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
- And a special guest speaker, Simon Larose of the University of Laval in Quebec
Applications for the 2015 Institute are now closed. Applicants will be notified regarding whether they were accepted in mid-May.
Tuition for the week-long seminar is $725. Tuition scholarships are available and can be requested at the time of application.
- The Summer Institute will be held at Portland State University from July 20 – July 24, 2015
- Applications and scholarship requests were due by May 8, 2015
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 week-long 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.
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.
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