Join MENTOR Colorado, mentoring professionals, and experts from around the country for the 2021 VIRTUAL Colorado Mentoring Summit October 12 - 14, 2020. 

The Virtual Colorado Mentoring Summit is a 3-day online event of pre-recorded virtual workshops curated for mentoring professionals. We know that there is a lot of free virtual content out there, but that it’s hard to prioritize in the midst of the demands of the job. MENTOR Colorado selected the best of the 2021 MENTOR National Summit content. Each day of the 3-day event will feature a few of the best workshops (edited to maximize our time) followed by a facilitated discussion with MENTOR Colorado staff. Please choose one session to attend per day.

Cost: $15

Calendar invites with zoom links will be sent before 10/12 to all registrants.

Workshops & Descriptions (all recorded sessions will be followed by a facilitated discussion):

Tuesday, October 12 - 11:30am-1:30pm MST (all will run concurrently - please select one)

Identifying White Supremacist and Euro-Centric Practices in Mentoring and Youth Development Agencies
DISCLAIMER: The presenter regularly uses strong language

While we strive to be the best mentors we can, many of us have not examined how our beliefs, narratives, and mentoring styles may be harming those we profess to serve, especially White mentors. This workshop will challenge attendees to evaluate their understanding of White Supremacist narratives, White Privilege, and implicit racial bias and how those issues are harming their mentoring programs and QTBIPOC who are a part of them. Through collaborative exercises, narrative examination, and academic studies, this workshop hopes to move attendees from places of stagnation to hope and advocacy.
: Wesley Bogan, Former Unit and Program Director/ ‘BIG’ at Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia/Big Brothers Big Sisters Philadelphia

e-Mentoring: Lessons Learned Adapting to Virtual Mentoring during COVID-19
Join us to explore the experiences of dozens of organizations and their journey through the COVID-19 pandemic and transition to technology-based solutions. A community conversation will address the long-term needs of the mentoring field as we continue to explore how technology can be integrated into the broader field. Our discussion will focus on the current crisis and prepare for future crises that may also interrupt our critical work. Participants will learn what has worked well and where improvements can be made to inform their own planning and sustainability and can join a network of organizations committed to exploring eMentoring solutions.
 Kate Schrauth Executive Director at iCouldBe
 Laura Woodside SVP Education Products at Cricket Together
Elizabeth Santiago, Chief Program Officer, MENTOR National
 Esther Nai, Program Manager, Salesforce
 Katie Knapfel, Vice President of Programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc.
 Stephanie Fitzsimmons, K-12 STEM Education Programs, Northrop Grumman
: Heather Cymbaluk, Executive Director, Companions for Children

The Role of Board Members During and After a Crisis
Nonprofits have been stretched in any number of ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. Economic uncertainty, reopening anxiety, and other operational challenges continue to plague nonprofits – and board members can and should play an important role in alleviating those problems. This workshop will explore the important role of board members of mentoring programs during and after a crisis. It will offer an opportunity for board members to learn and problem solve together. Includes a robust conversation about inclusivity and youth voice at the board level.
Bryan R. Parker,  CEO and Co-founder, Legal Innovators; Board Member, Friends of the Children
: Andy Davis, Associate Vice President of Member Education & Outreach, BoardSource
: Vivianna Strong,  Youth Board Member, MENTOR North Carolina
 Ashley Mebod, Board Member, MENTOR Minnesota; Founder, Pixie Dust, Inc.
: Sandra LaFleur, Board Member, MENTOR; Director of Changemaking Education and Social Innovation, Miami Dade College


Wednesday, October 13 - 11:30am-1:30pm MST (all will run concurrently - please select one)

It’s All About Heart- Mentoring IS Social Emotional Learning
The words Social Emotional Learning (SEL) have been tossed around now for a few years in our field, but what exactly is SEL and more importantly, how do we implement it in our programs and with our youth. In this workshop, we will go over the five main SEL skills that young people need and how we can help young people better develop these skills. Participants will walk away with concrete activities to do with staff, mentors, and young people to help foster a strong social emotional environment.
: Christopher Margadonna M. Ed., Director of Training & Engagement at MENTOR Rhode IslandNew Findings from the Center for Evidence Based Mentoring

Mic Check: Setting the Stage for Youth Leaders
Young people have a unique perspective in society. They hold powerful beliefs, skillsets, and lived experiences, yet their voices are rarely considered when adults make decisions that impact them. Over the past four months, Projects IMPACTS (an OJJDP-funded program) focused on increasing youth voice within program practices. This workshop will be co-facilitated by youth, who will share how to embed youth choice into everyday programming, develop Youth Leadership Councils, and support youth as they onboard and train mentors. Participants will learn from each other, as we discuss ways to empower youth and give youth agency over their own experiences.
: Jennifer Bourgoin, Mentor Program Manager at The Clubhouse Network
: Tricia Howell, Mentor Coordinator at Computers4Kids

New Findings from the Center for Evidence Based Mentoring
Mentoring expert, Jean Rhodes, will provide an overview of the latest findings and ideas that are emerging from the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring and their implications for practice.
: Jean Rhodes, Frank L. Boyden Professor at University of Massachusetts Boston

Thursday, October 14 - 11:30am-1:30pm MST (all will run concurrently - please select one)

Engaging Black Girls: Confronting Bias, COVID-19 and National Transformation
This workshop offers a framework for programs engaging with Black girls in the wake of COVID-19 and nationwide social justice efforts centering Black Lives. We will examine; methods of countering deficit-based relationships in mentoring, building solidarity with Black girls, and considerations for integrating racial equity within the five elements of effective mentoring.
Presenters: Joy Thompson and Kanesha Lenore Jean-Baptiste, Training and Technical Assistance Managers at Youth Collaboratory

Closing the Mentoring Gap for LGBTQ Youth: Blueprints for Agency and Community Change
Since 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has been intentionally creating programming that seeks to close the mentoring gap for LGBTQ youth. A panel of BBBS agencies will share insights, promising practices, and learned lessons from their groundbreaking experiences in the pilot and working with other community organizations. Participants will also learn about research, resources, and partnerships to strengthen their own services and will interactively examine ways that they, too, can create safe and affirming mentoring services for LGBTQ youth.
 Hillary Bardwell Director, Foundation Grants at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
: Dr. Christian Rummell EdD, MPA, Principal Consultant at Mentorist
 Tim McKinney, LGBTQ+ Resource and Program Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence
 Kate Griffin, Match Support Supervisor, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

Auditing Your Evaluation: Steps to Improve Your Program's Process Evaluation Methods
Note: The level for this session is beginner to intermediate and does NOT include a discussion of OUTCOME measurement.
Collecting data ‘because we have always done it’ is not a productive nor successful means to an end. Intentional data collection honors the past, but looks towards the future. During this workshop, you will conduct an audit of your current process evaluation methods. You will be given the space to think through your organization’s measurements in order to make meaningful adjustments to data collection. Through the example of TeamMates Mentoring, you will hear of the impact that small intentional changes to process evaluation can have on a setting and tracking goals for organizational success.
: Tess Starman, Research Coordinator at TeamMates Mentoring Program

Join MENTOR Colorado, mentoring professionals, and experts for the 2021 Colorado Mentoring Summit on Thursday, October 21 at the Cable Center in Denver, CO.

This year's Summit will provide a forum to discuss and co-create the future of mentoring for your program, your organization and for the field through Open Space.

Open Space is a unique event format that allows for participants to create on-demand, participant-led solutions in a collaborative setting. Open Space has been around since 1985 and has been used all over the world with groups of 5 to groups of 2000 to address multiple issues. 

Open Space is an event format that has no set agenda…instead it: 

  1. Allows participants to learn exactly what they feel they need to learn
  2. Pairs people with similar desires so that they can learn from each other
  3. Allows participants to access on-demand knowledge and problem-solving
  4. participants can convene & connect regardless of program-design or job title
  5. Allows participants to showcase their own knowledge, ideas, successes, failures

Open Space:

  1. Surfaces the real issues
  2. Captures the best ideas and insights
  3. Compiles everything so that it’s accessible to all

This short video explains how the process works: CLICK HERE


WHAT: 2021 IN-PERSON Colorado Mentoring Summit: The Future of Mentoring
WHEN: Thursday October 21, 2021 - 8:30am - 4:30pm (Registration/breakfast opens at 8:30am)
WHO: Mentoring and Youth-Serving Professionals, Volunteers, Mentored Youth and alumni, and Funders
WHERE: Cable Center (on the DU campus), 2000 Buchtel Blvd S, Denver, CO 80210
WHY: The COVID Pandemic and the Racial Reckoning of 2020 have changed the landscape of mentoring. The scale of the conversations at the Summit can transcend from the micro (e.g. how will matches define their future mentoring relationships?), to organizational (how will our organization navigate the future of hybrid or in-person or virtual mentoring?), to the macro (e.g. how might the field of mentoring react to recent research findings about instrumental mentoring?) to help define the future of mentoring.
COST: $85

We will be at a limited capacity! Once tickets sell out, we will begin a waitlist.
Tickets are transferable but not refundable (we can help with the transfer to people on the waitlist, if needed).

If you are interested in attending the Summit but unable to pay the registration fee,
please contact Sarah Provino about volunteer opportunities.

MENTOR Colorado will follow public health guidance from the state of Colorado and Denver County, and will continue to monitor them leading up to the event. We are taking the following measures to promote the health and wellbeing of attendees and staff:

  1. This will be a masked event, regardless of vaccination status
  2. The Cable Center is a 5-star Certified Program recipient, implementing additional safety measures and air filtration
  3. If the state of Colorado or city and county of Denver change their mandates, it is possible this could become a virtual event
  4. Registrants should stay home if you are sick or feeling like you are getting sick. You must notify us before the event starts and we will get your ticket transferred.
  5. As the situation evolves, so will our approach to keeping you safe. We thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility as we work to provide an in-person event!

Also Included in Your Registration:

  1. Free parking at the Cable Center
  2. Breakfast burrito, coffee, boxed lunch and snacks
  3. The Virtual Summit sessions 10/12-10/14 to prepare - click here to see workshop descriptions and learn more (you'll have the opportunity to sign up for these when you checkout)

Thank you to our 2021 Event Series Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor & Summit Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Questions? Interested in sponsoring the Virtual or In-Person Summit? 

Contact Hannah Krieger at

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