9th Annual
Colorado Mentoring Summit

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

Join MENTOR Colorado, mentoring professionals, and experts from around the country for the 9th annual Colorado Mentoring Summit on October 22 – 23, 2020 – VIRTUAL!

PLUS! This year we have a Leadership Track designed specifically with CEOs and Executive Directors in mind.

Day 1 – October 22 

8:30-9:15am: Opening Plenary and Keynote – Phoenix Jackson
9:30-11:00am: Workshops – Session A
11:15-11:45am: Break
11:45am-1:15pm: Lunch
1:30-3:00pm: Workshops – Session B
3:15-3:45pm: Break
4:00-6:00pm: Happy Hour 

Day 2 – October 23

9:00-9:15am: Welcome and Check-In
9:30-11:00am: Workshops – Session C
11:15am-12:15pm: Workshops – Session D
1:00-1:30pm: Closing Plenary
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Early Bird Registration (includes all recordings) – $125 (AVAILABLE through 10/7)
Regular Registration (no recordings) – $100
Regular Registration (includes all recordings) – $150

Questions? Interested in sponsoring the Summit? Contact Hannah Krieger at hannah.krieger@comentoring.org.

2020 Workshop Descriptions:

Thursday, October 22  |  Session A: 9:30 – 11:00am

Presenter: Phoenix Jackson (The Phoenix Affect)

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 can ripple to impact our society in one way or another. Mentoring allows for a unique space to de-stigmatize Mental Health and support one another.

Presenters: Leah Galvin (FRIENDS FIRST), Beth Mulligan, Caitlin McAteer & Kate Darwent (Corona Insights)

For FRIENDS FIRST, an organization that educates and mentors teens to make positive life choices and develop healthy relationships, the process of establishing equitable evaluation practices is ongoing and ever improving. During this workshop, Leah Galvin and the Corona Insights Evaluation Team will lead attendees through a reflective practice session. Here, they will encourage conversation on lessons learned from implementing equitable evaluation in mentorship programs, barriers that hinder equitable practices, and future directions for equity in evaluation of mentorship-focused endeavors.

Presenters: Cheryl Clark (Clark Group) and Jamie Utt

We will examine the differences in the title listed above, 8 things you need to consider to make the relationship work, and sharing the very personal journey of a 10 year allyship.

Presenters: Atrayus O. Goode and Nick Allen (MENTOR North Carolina)

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, at least 60% of nonprofits serve people of color. This is especially true in the mentoring field, where over 75% of mentees served are youth of color. However, the nonprofit sector has a racial leadership gap: only seven percent of nonprofit chief executives are people of color. Further, while the philanthropic community has played an important role in responding to societal issues, it has done so through investments in mostly white organizations, creating significant capacity gaps in POC-led agencies. In this workshop, participants will learn how philanthropy reinforces structural racism, examine models of grantmaking rooted in a systems analysis, and develop strategies to practice philanthropy through a lens of racial justice.

Presenter: Anthony C. Poponi (Focus on the 40 by Humore.us Events & Trainings)

Workshop Description Coming Soon!

Thursday, October 22  |  Session B: 1:30 – 3:00pm

Presenter: Jennifer Rauhouse (Peer Solutions)

Workshop Description Coming Soon!

Presenter: Erin Ralston (Aurora Mental Health)

Workshop Description Coming Soon!

Presenter: Dedrick Sims (Sims Fayola Foundation)

This workshop will take participants on a journey through history and back to modern day dispositions towards of students of color that, overtly and unknowingly at the same time, impact education, mentoring, building relationships, and programming outcomes.

Presenter: Chris Imsland (Imsland Consulting LLC)

The COVID-19 crisis had added new challenges to an already challenging fundraising landscape; making Boards, Executive Directors and fundraising staff pivot and re-assess funding goals. This process has forced nonprofits to re-think their funding projections, grants and sponsor requests, and event fundraising and donor development goals. Additionally, nonprofits are making considerations around reserves, staff structures and limiting expenses without impacting their mentoring programs significantly. Participants will obtain strategies and tips on raising money to sustain mentoring programming.

Presenter: Wayne Watts (Dream Create Inspire Tour)

Workshop Description Coming Soon!

Friday, October 23  |  Session C: 9:30 – 11:00am

Presenter: Alyssa Rosch (Denver Public Schools)

In our time together, we will explore how to infuse culturally responsive education best practices into the creation and implementation of mentoring programs. Approaching this from an interpersonal to systems level, we will discuss how best to engage youth from diverse backgrounds and build their cross-cultural competency. We will also implore participants to go deeper into how we are preparing adults to be the mentors our students need. How are we systemically cultivating a culturally responsive program? And how are the mentors themselves culturally responsive and creating the conditions for our students to be successful?

Presenter: Christopher Margadonna (MENTOR Rhode Island)

Even though our world has stopped spinning, kids are still in need of extra supports in their lives and that includes MENTORS! But when we can’t go to networking events and meet face to face to recruit how do we pivot to an online recruitment model? This workshop will focus on targeted online recruitment and most importantly how do we retain the mentors we recruit. We will discuss basic recruitment strategies and how those can be adapted to a virtual space. Participants will walk away with a recruitment plan they created for online recruiting.

Presenter: Shannon Hoffman (From Allies to Abolitionists)

What is your commitment to abolitionism beyond your one time protest? Can you draw a connection from your protest experience to your work with youth as their mentor and advocate? Using the image of a Black woman protesting hold a sign that says, “You cannot teach Black children and be silent about injustices against them” as a catalyst for conversation we will engage in a dialogue about how mentors can become advocates for their students and abolitionists seeking to abolish systems of oppression their students face. We will determine where mentors see themselves on a continuum ranging from charity to community organizing and how they can push themselves to move on that continuum through their mentorship.

Presenter: Mike Garringer (MENTOR National) & Drew DeMarie (MENTOR Colorado)

This 90-minute facilitated conversation will feature a number of questions and considerations for programs who are considering the longer-term implications of operating during a pandemic. The facilitators will use an informal interview format with plenty of interactivity with the audience to address some of the questions below:

  • – What tools can we use to increase or maintain youth/mentor/family engagement with our programming (virtual or otherwise)?
    – How do we navigate equitable access to our program (devices, internet, and more)?
    – When, how (and should we) resume in-person mentoring?
    – What should we be measuring/assessing during this time when program fidelity is significantly disrupted?
    – What are the longer-term implications on COVID’s disruption of our programming: (e.g. do we look at short-term virtual solutions vs. long-term virtual pivots)?
    – How do we have reasonable expectations of staff performance and mentors/youth persistence over time and address these with adequate support – assuming the pandemic lasts for many more months?

Intended Audience: Client-facing program staff and program leadership that have had to adapt their program formats since March 2020 to virtual or hybrid in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives:

  • – Participants identify & begin to solve barriers to program engagement & equitable access
    – Participants discuss longer-term implications of program operations during the pandemic including (staffing, evaluation, day-to-day mentoring operations)
    – Participants explore the future of their programming across varying environmental contingencies

Friday, October 23  |  Session D: 11:15am – 12:45pm

Presenter: Plashan McCune (Higher Learning U Inc.)

Define and discuss historical trauma and its impacts, how to respond to past/present trauma, and how self-awareness, self-care and self-regulation works together to promote resilience as a mentor Understand the difference between trauma sensitive and trauma informed go from theory to transformative practice.

Presenter: Rico Wint (Young Men of Purpose)

In these difficult social and economic times, we understand that there is much at stake concerning the success of our young people. I endeavor to courage, integrity and positive self-behaviors for the participants as well as the power of mentor-ship. It is a wonderful thing to know your purpose but it is a noble thing to help others find their purpose.

Presenter: Michelle Petix (Partners in Routt County)

Workshop Description Coming Soon!

Presenter: Savinay Chandrasekhar (Minds Matter Colorado)

From Peter Block — “On the surface, rebellion claims to be against monarchy, dominion, or oppression. Too often it turns out to be a vote for monarchy, dominion or patriarchy. Rebellion is most often not a call for transformation or a new context, but simply a complaint that others control the monarchy and not us. This is why most revolutions fail – because nothing changes, only the name of the monarch.” How might we as leaders use our voice to build a truly inclusive and transformative movement, and not just change the name of the monarch?

Presenter: Maya Lea Osterman-Van Grack (Mirror Image Arts)

Learn interactive ways to create meaningful connections through in-person or the online platform. Explore best practices for engaging social emotional learning online to create a space for courageous conversations between mentor and mentee.

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