Announcing the Summer Institute 2018 The 2018 Institute will be July 23-26! This year's theme is program quality improvement. Applications are now closed
Bringing together top researchers and practitioners in the field of youth mentoring to create innovation, leadership and quality-based practice

2018 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring

Portland State University and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership are proud to announce the 2018 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring. The dates for this year's Institute will be July 23-26, 2018. The 2018 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring will focus on the theme of program quality improvement. Several different strategies for enhancing the management and performance of existing mentoring programs have been investigated in recent years. The results of evaluations addressing quality improvement implementation processes and program outcomes will be presented by leading scholars. 


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.  


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 areas of mentoring and youth development. 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 2018 include:

  • Thomas Akiva, University of Pittsburgh
  • David DuBois, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Roger Jarjoura, American Institutes for Research
  • Janis Kupersmidt, innovation Research & Training
  • Sam McQuillin, University of South Carolina
  • Susan Walsh, Friends of the Children
  • Alison Drew, Boston University
  • Meghan Perry, Portland State University
  • Kathryn Stump, innovation Research & Training

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Prospective participants complete a short application and provide a current resume. The deadline for applications was April 30, 2018. Space is limited to 25 participants. Participants are expected to attend the entire seminar. Application information is available at: 


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. 

2018 DATES

  • The Summer Institute will be held at Portland State University from July 23-26, 2018.