As young people around the country head back to school, it is important that they have adults in their lives who are invested in their success. Check out the resources below to ensure all young people feel known and supported this school year!
Happy Latinx Heritage Month! It's a great time to learn about and celebrate the many ways the Latinx community has, and continues to, positively impact our communities. For more, check out this line-up of virtual performances, lectures, and activities celebrating Latinx heritage all season from the Smithsonian.

Also check out Richmond Racial Equity Essays, a multimedia project focused on racial equity in Richmond, Virginia. The project captures nearly 50 voices from all walks of life and sectors to explore what an equitable Richmond would look like and highlights the strategies that will help us get there.
Do you have questions about how to plan for possible COVID-19 outbreaks in your mentoring program this school year? Curious about how other mentoring programs have been handling outbreaks? Check out this recording of a conversation hosted by the Greater Richmond Alliance for Out-of-School Time.
Upcoming Opportunities
Save the Date! Our 2021 Virtual Conference is in November
MENTOR Virginia and VPOST are joining forces to bring the youth development community together for a unique and engaging virtual conference experience with the theme, Are We There Yet?!: Cultivating Joy on the Long and Winding Road. Mark your calendars now to save the dates, and look out for more information soon!
New Research Agenda for the Modern Mentoring Movement
As the mentoring field is continually growing and evolving, so must research about mentoring. MENTOR, the national champion for the mentoring movement, recently released its latest Research Agenda outlining four key areas to meet the emerging needs of the field and inform funders and policymakers about how the mentoring movement can be strengthened.

  1. Increase research on the role of mentoring in supporting youth identity development and combating loneliness and isolation.
  2. Study innovative strategies to expand the opportunities for mentoring relationships that occur naturally within systems and institutions.
  3. Increase actionable research on mentoring that occurs in diverse programmatic settings.
  4. Invest in more research on the societal-level changes that are produced by mentoring relationships.
Suicide Prevention Month
During September, we recognize National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and elevate efforts to center the health and well-being of our nation's youth.
The Collective Trauma Summit 2021 is a free 10-day online event beginning September 19, with 45+ speakers to explore how to work with individual, ancestral, and collective trauma. View a list of topics and speakers here.
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