Mentoring Matters Conference

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2018 Annual Mentoring Matters Conference

Conference Overview

For 14 years, the Mentoring Matters Conference has been one of the region’s most notable opportunities to bring timely, relevant and compelling information to mentoring programs, educators, youth serving professionals, mentors and families.


For this year’s conference, we have once again:

  • Brought together a variety of experts in youth development, community work and mentoring to help you have a day filled with learning, networking and usable tools
  • Organized a full-day, college-emergence experience for youth to explore their passions and look toward successful futures


Learn more about each conference day and the unique opportunities and workshops being offered this year.




A Day for Professionals

What to Expect

Morning Panel – Join the vital and timely conversation about how to effectively address gang prevention in Long Island communities and beyond. Our illustrious panel of experts in the space of gang prevention will:

  • Dissect the challenges and opportunities communities face
  • Provide proven strategies for prevention and community engagement

 Panelists include:

  • Jacqueline Harris, Assistant Superintendent of the South Huntington Free Union School District
  • Clifton Hall, President of The Hall Leadership Academy
  • Louis Medina



Workshops – Choose from four incredibly timely and relevant workshops which will provide you with the knowledge and skills to better serve the youth in your classroom, school, and/or mentoring program. Workshop topics include:



Afternoon Panel – A panel of locally elected and appointed female politicians will discuss challenges in their careers, how they have seen mentors change lives and how they work to help youth succeed in their communities.

Panelists include:

  • Suffolk County Legislator Monica Martinez, 9th District 
  • District Attorney Madeline Singas, Nassau County 
  • Councilwoman Viviana L. Russell, The Town of North Hempstead 1st District
  • Chief Deputy Comptroller Shari James, Nassau County


Keynote Speaker – Engage with Laura Curran, Nassau County Executive, as she shares her vision for youth in her county, discusses the intersection of policy and community action for the creation of healthy, thriving communities and answers audience questions.



Find the day’s schedule and full workshop descriptions on our ticket page.


Register Now

Registration ends on Friday, March 9, 2018. Reserve your spot now by registering here

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A Day for Youth

What Youth Will Gain

Youth day of the conference is free of charge to mentoring programs. Youth who attend the conference will leave:

  • Thinking about college and their future
  • Having explored their passions through one of eight fun and specialized workshops


How to Register

As a program coordinator or teacher, you may be registering a large number of students. To ensure an easy and successful registration process, please:

  • Let us know you are planning to bring youth by reaching out to Hadleigh Kindberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 212-953-0945
  • Follow the below three steps for a simple and easy registration process


Step One: Permission Forms

Mentor New York has a permission form that must be filled out by the parent/guardian of every student attending the conference. You can find the permission forms here:


Permission forms are due by Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Return completed permission forms to Hadleigh Kindberg through one of the following:

  • Faxing them to 212-953-1057
  • Scanning and emailing them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Step Two: Workshops Selection

Each student chooses to attend one of seven workshops. Before registering, check with your students to see which workshop they want to take – you will need this information during registration. See workshops descriptions.


Step Three: Registration

Each chaperone and student needs to be registered individually. The chaperone-to-student ratio is 1-to-5. Begin registration here


Contact Hadleigh Kindberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 212-953-0945 with any questions or if you need help with the registration process.  



About Our Sponsors


Our conference is possible due to our committed partners and volunteers.  


LIU Post Logo                                                                                                       




Presenting Sponsor: AT&T


In 2014, AT&T became our Presenting sponsor. Since then, they have supported Mentor New York in its endeavor to create a space for professional development and sharing best practice amongst youth development professional and mentoring program coordinators, as well as, providing the youth in mentoring programs throughout Long Island communities and New York state the opportunity to experience a college community and leadership development.


LIU Post

For the past 14 years, Long Island University Post has generously hosted our two day conference. Their state of the art facilities have been a wonderful resource to create a comfortable, interactive learning environment for the professionals and youth that attend.