Colorado (Virtual) Mentoring Summit

October 22 & 23, 2020 Two-Day Virtual Event!

Calling All Proposals!

Interested in presenting at the 2020 Colorado Mentoring Summit? Our 2020 RFP is now open for Prospective Speakers, Emcees and Workshop Presenters.

We are looking for Speakers, Workshop Presenters, Emcees and other Creatives that are passionate about, experienced in or interested in the following topics or themes.

Please consider these themes, topics and workshop ideas when submitting your proposals (click the title bar to expand):

An honest conversation about the BLM movement, what it is, why it exists, how you can plug-in to it and how it could positively impact your mentoring program. Participants leave with tangible actions steps they can take with their programs which explicitly support the movement.

Define “protest”. Discuss how mentoring could serve as a form of protest or a radical catalyst for change. Explore how protesting can influence mentoring relationships. Explore how the design of your mentoring program could be a form of protest. 

Showcasing examples and sharing program design best practices for virtual mentoring programs. (Consider the possibility of using an Open Space format).

Defining what being an ally, accomplice or advocate actually is and understanding your role through your mentoring journey. Practical application provided and resources made available.

A journey in cultural humility and awareness to help people in the mentoring field respectfully navigate relationships across cultures.  

How to recreate your mentoring program to be inclusive of all the identities your program serves. How to create affinity-based spaces. 

Educating staff on how to train mentors to create a safe space for talking about Mental Health. These workshops will emphasize the relevance and importance of Mental Health and how it RIPPLE impacts everyone in our society in one way or another. Mentoring allows for a unique space to destigmatize Mental Health and support one another.

Define and discuss how current and historical trauma impacts individuals’ overall health and well-being, how to respond to past/present trauma, and how to promote resilience as a mentor via self-awareness, empathy, attunement and responsiveness. Understand the difference between trauma sensitive and trauma informed. 

Specific techniques to build trust more quickly than usual with young people through mentoring.

Encouraging students to have the confidence to speak up about their social and academic environment. Activism as a tool, empowerment to inspire prosocial change. 

Breaking down the Elements of Effective Practices in a way that each participant could leave with actionable steps to ensure their program meets the standard and possible pathways to NQMS. Ways to apply it to various modalities of mentoring (e.g. 1:1, Group, Peer, E-Mentoring). 

Executive Director/C-Level convening & conversations (open space format is likely) plus topics of interest to this demographic only.

Examining ways to identify & deconstruct colonial and white supremacist funding structures & their impact on mentoring work.

Rethinking evaluation efforts designed by (typically white) researchers to initiate shifts toward elevating youth voice, sharing their stories, considering qualitative vs. quantitative data, and navigating the resultant fallout with funders.

How to leverage mentoring to support students to be on-track to graduate, amidst the new graduation requirements set by CDE. Particular focus on students who are most at risk within the achievement gap (black and brown students, english language learners, free/reduced lunch recipients, etc.) 

How mentoring can support schools through a strengths-based approach to learning and building relationships. Discussing how restorative approaches could compliment a program. Using mentoring relationships to help youth build self-reflection skills. 

Strengthening mentoring relationships through discussions on difficult subjects and how to be supportive in mentoring relationships in unexpected scenarios. (Eg. death/loss, virtual school, moves, gang influences, drugs, etc.)

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