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Announcing the Summer Institute 2017 The Institute will be July 17-20! This year's theme is Mentoring in the Civic Space. The Application deadline has been extended to May 8.
Bringing together top researchers and practitioners in the field of youth mentoring to create innovation, leadership and quality-based practice

2017 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring

Portland State University and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership are proud to announce the 2017 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring. The dates for this year's Institute will be July 17-20, 2017. The theme of the 2017 Summer Institute, Mentoring in the Civic Space, emphasizes intersections between mentoring and youth empowerment, sociopolitical development, civic engagement, social action, and community development.  


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 2017 are Belle Liang of Boston College, Alma Trinidad of Portland State University, Roderick Watts of City University of New York, Laura Wray-Lake of UCLA, and Shepherd Zeldin of University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, the Institute will feature guest speakers, including Torie Weiston-Serdan of Youth Action Mentoring Network.>>bios for research fellows


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. 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.

2017 DATES

  • The Summer Institute will be held at Portland State University from July 17-20, 2017.
  • Applications and scholarship requests are due no later than May 8, 2017.