2018 MENTOR Washington Spring Conference
May 14 & 15, 2018
Des Moines, Washington
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
MENTOR Washington Spring Conference Purpose:
MENTOR Washington’s Spring Conference brings together individuals who represent the statewide mentoring movement, including mentoring practitioners, youth program providers and programs that serve system involved youth. MENTOR Washington Spring Conference’s purpose is to strengthen programs and practices, and collaborate to support positive youth development.
The 2018 MENTOR Washington’s Spring Conference will explore “Advancing the Mentoring Movement.” Advances in youth mentoring across the country include youth voice and engagement, meaningful relationships, equity and inclusion, working with vulnerable youth. Workshop proposals should provide attendees with practical tools and knowledge to bring to their own programs and communities. Participants should gain knowledge, skills and materials from each workshop that can be implemented upon their return to work.
Workshop presenters should focus on the following workshop topic/themes:
- Youth Voice & Engagement: Providing real opportunities for youth to learn leadership, advocacy and critical consciousness; seeking their voice and choice in matters that impact their communities, and lives. Example topics: Implementing a Youth Leadership Model; Creating a Meaningful Community; Media Portrayal, and Youth Impacted by Violence, etc.
- Equity and Inclusion: Countering the deficit-based mindset using critical race theory; moving into a larger examination and inclusion of diverse experiences; expanding the knowledge and comfort of the mentoring pair to listen, learn and take on the challenge to create a counter -narrative that is transformative for the youth. Example topics: When Biases Become Roadblocks in the Mentoring Relationship, Racism as Trauma, White Fragility, Media Portrayal of Marginalized Communities; Sexuality/Gendered Roles/Identity, etc.
- Building Meaningful Relationships: Exploring communication, cultural and generational differences and understanding the strength of mindfulness in developing relationships. Example topics: Conflict Resolution, Bridging Cultural/Generational Gaps, Relationship Expectations Matter, What is Mindfulness and Why it Matters, etc.
- Working with Vulnerable Youth: Learning where and how to access resources for youth, what challenges exist for youth involved in juvenile courts, youth in foster/kinship care, homelessness and truancy on mentoring relationships. Example topics: How Mentoring Can Disrupt the School to Prison Pipeline, Navigating Social Services, Challenges of Mentoring Youth in Foster/Kinship Care, Working with Youth Who Are in the Juvenile Court System, etc.
- Mentoring 101: Starting a mentoring program is more work than one would imagine. No matter how well you plan, some situations will occur in spite of your best efforts! Learn from the experience of mentoring professionals. Example topics: What Are the Best Practices? Keeping Young People Safe in Your Program; Lessons Learned from Starting a Program; Where Are the Resources for Vulnerable Youth, etc.
- Length: 90 minutes
- Size: Workshops will vary in size, but presenters should prepare for 30-40 attendees. If selected, presenters should plan for an interactive session.
- Audiovisual (A/V) Support: In the application process, presenters should indicate A/V needs. All rooms will have a screen, projector, connection cords to Mac and PC computers, Wi-Fi, a clicker to advance PowerPoint presentations, and limited A/V support. Presenters must provide own laptop if making a presentation, as well as provide their own handouts.
- Room Setup: All rooms are set up classroom style. Presenters may rearrange the rooms, but must return the room to its original state before leaving the room.
Workshops should provide attendees with practical or “cutting edge” knowledge. Presenters should share information applicable to a range of program sizes and models, rather than simply describing a model or marketing a tool. Proposals will be reviewed and selected based on the following criteria:
- Informative: The session builds participants’ knowledge and expands their view of the mentoring field.
- Timeliness of Topic: The topic is relevant and addresses one of the topic areas described in the “Workshop Information” section above.
- Expertise: Presenter(s) has clear expertise in the topic and experience in the mentoring and/or youth development fields(s).
- Methodology: The session uses an intentional mix of interactive, presentation and discussion components. Sessions should include materials to be used, addresses various learning styles (auditory, visual, kinesthetic, etc.) and meets the needs of adult learners.
Selection Process and Timeline
- Proposals due: March 16, 2018
- Review process: Proposals will be reviewed according to the criteria outlined above by a workshop review committee made up of conference committee, MENTOR Washington staff and other select MENTOR Washington partners.
- Notification date: March 27, 2018
- If selected, presenters agree to:
- Only present one workshop. Applicants may submit more than one proposal, but only one workshop will be accepted per presenter.
- Finalize title and public workshop description by April 13, 2018, after which date changes cannot be guaranteed on the MENTOR Washington website.
- Register for the MENTOR Washington Spring Conference by April 20, 2018 with knowledge that there is a maximum of two presenters per workshop.
- Notify MENTOR Washington by no later than April 30, 2018, if the workshop needs to be cancelled for any reason.
- Secure travel and lodging during the MENTOR Washington Spring Conference.
- Bring a laptop and copies of handouts, if needed, to present the workshop at the MENTOR Washington Spring Conference.
- Send finalized PowerPoint slides to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 30, 2018 so participants can access slides prior to and following the Summit.
Questions? Please contact email@example.com or 425.679.5562 with questions related to this Call for Workshop Proposals.
If you are interested in presenting on one of the content areas, please fill out the attached document.
Please submit final document below, or to firstname.lastname@example.org