Take a moment to watch this webinar from MENTOR that discusses trauma-informed mentoring and highlights approaches to having conversations about mental health with youth.
For the 423,000+ youth in foster care, having access to caring adults outside of the family is critical. Learn how to meaningfully engage with and empower young people in foster care.
This May, in addition to celebrating the diverse cultures and contributions of the AAPI community, take some time to check in with the AAPI youth in your network.
Upcoming Opportunities
Helping Youth During a Summer of Uncertainty
Tues. 5/18 @ 2 - 3 pm

Join MENTOR for a forum on youth workforce development and digital work-based learning during COVID. Learn how organizations adjusted their programs last summer and are building youth experiences for summer 2021.
Social Emotional Learning Models & Strategies
Thurs. 5/20 @ 1 - 2:15 pm

Join MENTOR for a discussion of various methods and models for delivering Social Emotional Learning (SEL) within one-to-one and group settings, as well as in-person and virtual mentoring programs.
June Community Coffee Hour
Wed. 6/9 @ 9 - 10 am

Grab your coffee or tea, and join your mentoring program peers and MENTOR Virginia for Community Coffee Hour! We’ll be discussing strategies for coaching mentors to have brave conversations with mentees.
Check out additional free webinars (live and recorded) from Nonprofit Learning Lab.
Coming Soon! Free 8-Part Workshop Series on the Elements of Effective Practice

Join MENTOR Virginia for a free 8-part, interactive workshop series on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring designed to provide practitioners with the foundational knowledge of youth mentoring best practices needed to design, implement, and evaluate effective programs. This series is great for those new to the EEP, and those who want to dive deeper into best practices.
Part 1: Designing & Planning Mentoring Programs
Fri. 7/16 | 10 – 11:30 am

Launching and sustaining an impactful youth mentoring program requires building a strong foundation. During this interactive workshop, participants will learn about building an advisory committee, conducting a needs assessment, determining mission, creating a logic model and budget, developing policies/procedures, developing a marketing plan, building a staffing model, and more.
Advanced Professional Development Opportunity: Apply by June 4 to Attend the 2021 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring
The 2021 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring (happening virtually July 19-23, 2021) will focus on the theme of mentoring and mental health—exploring how mentoring supports the mental health of young people. Online sessions will feature leading scholars and discussions of implications for program policies and practices. Ideal participants have several years of experience in the field of youth development. Participants are expected to attend the entire seminar.
Resources from Community Coffee Hours

Miss one our recent Community Coffee Hours? You can now view all recordings, slidedecks, and resources from every coffee hour conversation on our website.
New Collections of Resources for Mentoring Programs

Looking for sample policies and procedures? Templates of commonly used forms for mentoring programs? Best practices for mentoring boys and young men of color? Check out our new repository of resources on our website!
Resources for Accessing American Rescue Plan Funds

  • Fund Our Schools has created an advocacy guide for the funds that localities across VA will receive through the ARP.
  • Afterschool Alliance has published numerous resources and tools to help programs access funds from the ARP.
  • VPOST has shared a helpful template letter that programs can use to reach out to education officials.
New Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms.
3 Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month
1. Join BareSOUL Yoga instructor Da-Shanda Burton for Restorative Yoga: Mindful Movement, Breath and Meditation
2. Join Full Circle Grief Center for a conversation on supporting grieving families during COVID-19.
3. Check out the resources and free upcoming trainings and events hosted by BeWellVA.
Young People Address the Nation
ICYMI: Young leaders who are part of Youth Action Hour gathered virtually on April 30ththe 100th day of the Biden-Harris administrationto discuss the key priorities of young people during this pivotal moment in time.

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