Mentoring Matters Conference

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Mentoring Matters Conference

Now in our 13th year, the Mentoring Matters Conference is 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.


This year, for the first time, our first day of the conference will be a GradNation Summit designed to spotlight our collective goals to improve graduation rates for all young people.  Mentor New York is proud to be the only Long Island host for a GradNation Summit and we will bring together close 150 leaders from the business world, education and higher education institutions, government, community and religious leaders, parents and most importantly youth themselves.  We will identify promising strategies to undertake collectively and our action plan will be one created by the attendees as they collaborate together.


Close to 250 Professionals who attend our second day of the conference will hear the most recent research on successful and evidence-based practices to help young people – whether in mentoring programs, schools, youth agencies, religious organizations and businesses - while also learning from and interacting with their counterparts from other schools and social service agencies.


There is a dedicated track for people who are serving as Mentors (either formal or informal/natural mentoring as well as peer mentors); these individuals greatly benefit from information and activities that strengthen their knowledge base about positive youth engagement. Mentors can expect to explore and develop skills to address important social and interpersonal issues which influence relationship development.  Significant new work has been done to assist mentors of young men of color, for example.


The third day of the conference is exclusively for Mentees who are involved in mentoring programs. This YOUTH Day is an incredibly positive social and educational learning opportunity for over 200 Middle School and High School aged youth – exposing them to a college campus and significant personal growth. The Youth Day is FREE; PRE-REGISTRATION is required as there is capacity seating. Check out the 10 workshops being offered on this day below:



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This conference is only possible because of our committed partners and volunteers.  For the past 13 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.


In 2014, AT&T became our Presenting sponsor.  Since then they have invested $75,000 to support 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.


Watch Brandon Ray, Regional Director, AT&T External Affairs and a Mentor New York Board Member discuss AT&T’s commitment to Mentoring and their multi-year investment of the conference here.


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