October is STEM Mentoring Month!

One of the fastest-growing areas of the mentoring movement is utilizing the help of mentors to get young people interested in, planning toward, and persisting in science-related educational and career opportunities. Below, find a collection of STEM resources that may help your mentoring program integrate STEM learning and exploration into your programming this October (and throughout the entire year!).
Upcoming Events & Webinars
In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, join MENTOR's Chief Program Officer, Elizabeth Santiago, on Wednesday, October 14 from 12 - 1 PM EST in a virtual roundtable discussion with other adult Latinx leaders and young professionals working in youth development. The discussion will explore issues facing Latinx young people and ways to support Latinx leadership in nonprofits.
Interactive Workshop: 2020 Girl Up STEM for Social Good Bootcamp
This FREE one-day event will provide young leaders ages 13-22 with the opportunity to explore their interests in STEM. Participants can expect to hear from women in STEM, gain an increased understanding of bridge engineering, and develop a STEM-centered solution to an issue in their community for the chance to obtain a $500 grant to implement the project.
The Girl Up STEM for Social Good Bootcamp will run from 4 - 7 PM EST on Friday October 16 in an interactive, virtual format. Learn more and register below.
Webinar: Responses, Solutions, & Practices in Transitioning to E-Mentoring
Register to join MENTOR on Thursday, October 22 from 1 - 2:30 PM EST for a webinar on transitioning to virtual mentoring. The world has changed in so many ways since the beginning of the year, and mentoring programs have had to adjust their programming and operations drastically to ensure that young people continue to have the necessary supports for healthy and positive connections. Presenters will share how their programs have responded in their shift online during this challenging year, and highlight resources and tools that programs can use for various mentoring models, including peer mentoring and school-based mentoring.
Youth-Led Advocacy and Mentoring Town Halls
Throughout our history and especially in the last year, we have seen the power of youth advocacy and voice in leading transformative change. We strongly believe that young people should be at the forefront of addressing systemic issues in their communities and nation.

Please join us for a series of Youth-Led Advocacy and Mentoring Town Halls. These youth-led conversations will feature Youth Advocates for Mentoring in conversation with adult allies and other youth leaders. They will share their perspectives on youth advocacy, civic engagement, partnering with adults on advocacy and how mentors can support their important work.
Wednesday, October 21, 3:30 - 4:30 PM EST
Thursday, November 19, 4:00 - 5:00 PM EST
Virtual Events on Supporting Young Men of Color
In celebration of The Fellowship Initiative’s 10th anniversary, JPMorgan Chase is partnering with MENTOR to sponsor two virtual events that will highlight ways to support and elevate young men of color as they move through school and into careers. Both events will be open to the public and will consist of a facilitated panel discussion followed by small group discussions.
Young Men of Color
Achieving Academic Excellence
Tuesday, November 10 │ 2:30 - 4:00 PM EST
This event will focus on what young men of color need to achieve academic excellence as they approach and move through post-secondary education, and ways to holistically define success.
Career Preparation & Success
with Young Men of Color
Tuesday, December 15 │ 2:30 - 4:00 PM EST
This event will look at what young men of color need to prepare for and succeed in a career and will explore ways to build and leverage webs of support.
New Group Mentoring Resources
Group mentoring offers young people a wealth of adult mentoring support, strengthens belongingness and connectedness with peers, and fosters an opportunity to build community in ways that meet their needs. As you consider what group mentoring models might look like this back-to-school season, the new Group Mentoring Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice offers research-backed recommendations and case studies for effective group mentoring. These best practices are also helpful in the context of virtual group mentoring, especially when taken alongside recommendations from the E-Mentoring Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice.
Training & Consultation
Virtual New Mentor Trainings

Onboarding new volunteers this fall? MENTOR Virginia is hosting an upcoming virtual New Mentor Training that will prepare mentors for both in-person and virtual mentoring environments.

Register for an upcoming training date below:

Now Accepting New Requests for No-Cost Program Consultation

MENTOR Virginia is now accepting new requests from youth mentoring programs that want to receive free one-on-one consultation around their individual needs. Through consultation services (also called "technical assistance" or TA), programs can access assistance in any areas of current need such as:

  • Developing customized training content for mentors, mentees, and/or families
  • Implementing or enhancing virtual mentoring practices, plans, and strategies
  • Developing a plan for resuming in-person mentoring operations
  • Developing or enhancing programmatic processes for mentor screening, training, monitoring and support, and match closure

Need more information about TA before submitting your request? Contact Sarah with questions.
The Round-Up: Resources We're Exploring this Month
MENTOR's Resource LibraryMENTOR National has launched a new website with a collection of resources and publications produced by MENTOR, its Affiliates, and collaborators over the past 25 years. This new resource library includes a "search" feature to help you easily find the resources you're looking for.
Youth-Centered Podcasts:

  • Mic Drop!—Teens have a lot to say about this complicated world. Are you listening? This podcast, which started during the pandemic, features mood-swinging, dream-chasing, rule-breaking dramas and adventures from Gen-Z Tweens & Teens.
  • Reimagining Youth Work—A thoughtful exploration of how our world is impacting young people, what adults can do to re-think their work with young people, and how we can all work together to re-make the systems that serve young people. The podcast is hosted by veteran educator, mentoring expert, and executive director of the Youth Mentoring Action Network (YMAN), Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan.

Recorded Webinars:


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