National Mentoring Summit Declares Mentoring Works

The fourth annual National Mentoring Summit was held on January 30 and 31, 2014, in Arlington, VA. Over 700 mentoring practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and champions convened to raise the bar for youth mentoring across the country and declare “Mentoring works.”

This year’s featured speakers included legendary baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and NBC Meet the Press moderator David Gregory. The opening plenary session set the tone for the entire event with an inspiring testimonial to “generational mentoring” – when the mentee becomes the mentor – as three women varying in age took the stage to testify to this “chain of hope” made possible through mentoring. Other sessions maintained the conference tone, with comments from Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Director Robert Listenbee regarding the effect of trauma on young people, and briefings highlighting the power of natural mentoring from the new Mentoring Effect report.


YouthBuild USA is proud to have represented “opportunity youth” as a supporting organization for this year’s summit along with over two dozen other national youth-serving organizations. Additionally, Tommy McClam and Kelly Belmonte of YouthBuild USA's National Mentoring Alliance facilitated the summit workshop “BRIDGE to Adulthood: Mentoring Strategies for Older Youth.”

This interactive workshop provided mentoring practitioners and advocates with practical and effective mentoring strategies for youth transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. Participants in this session engaged in dialog regarding proven practices for mentoring older youth; identified approaches for working with late teens in their local programs; and gained access to a rich mine of available resources for mentoring a young person on the bridge to adulthood. Handouts from BRIDGE to Adulthood are available at the bottom of this webpage (scroll down). For those who missed it or wish to continue the dialog, this session will be repeated in a longer form at the Friends for Youth Conference in Santa Clara, CA in April 2014.


The National Mentoring Summit is convened by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and host committee members which include the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Harvard School of Public Health, OJJDP, and United Way Worldwide.

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