Readiness Matters: The Importance and Impact of Mentor Training Webinar

The latest in the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series is being offered Thursday, September 19, 2013

10:00-11:15 AM Pacific/ 11:00-12:15 PM Mountain/
12:00-1:15 PM Central/1:00-2:15 PM Eastern

Readiness Matters: The Importance and Impact of Mentor Training

While mentoring program staff invest much of their time and energy in recruiting and screening people to meet the needs of the youth we serve, these volunteers are much less likely to succeed without adequate preparation and support to take on the mentor role. Dr. Janis Kupersmidt, co-author of the “Mentor Training” chapter in the Handbook of Youth Mentoring, Second Edition, will share her work on the importance of mentor training in creating high-quality mentoring relationships and ways to incorporate evidence-based practices into your trainings.

In this month’s webinar, we will learn about research on the state of training practices in our field and findings on barriers to implementing training for mentors. We will also review best practice recommendations on mentor training content and discuss training throughout the mentoring life cycle – pre-match, early after the match and on an ongoing basis – as well as effective methods for delivering knowledge- and skills-based training. Amy Cannata, Senior Advisor of Youth Development at Education Northwest, will join us for a discussion of two online mentor training resources designed around evidence-based principles: Mentoring Central, created by Dr. Kupersmidt in her work at innovation Research and Training (iRT), and Talking It Through, created to enhance ongoing mentor training by the National Mentoring Center at Education Northwest.

Sign up now for a state of the art look at how we can best get mentors ready for success in their work with young people.

About the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series (CMWS): The CMWS is a partnership between MENTOR and leaders from Mentoring Partnerships and other capacity-building organizations, who are delivering a monthly webinar series for mentoring professionals.