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2014 Trainings


National Boys and Men of Color Mentoring Convening:  Open to Bay Area Mentoring members and other youth-serving programs in the Oakland area, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and Friends for Youth invite mentors to join us and help inform the mentoring that occurs with boys of color. Thanks to generous support from the Open Society Foundation Campaign for Black Male Achievement, MENTOR has the opportunity to strengthen mentoring by developing a training specifically for people who mentor these boys, many of whom are significantly marginalized from U.S. economic, social, and political life. To inform the training curricula development, MENTOR is partnering with Friends for Youth to co-host the Boys and Men of Color Mentoring Convening in Oakland, one of six cities identified around the country as a place where Black boys and other boys of color face significant challenges. A special welcome is from DeVone Boggan, Neighborhood Safety Director for the City of Richmond and longtime mentoring supporter. This event will be held Monday, June 16, 2014, from 5:00 – 8:30 pm in downtown Oakland. Dinner, with vegetarian options, is included in this no–cost event. Location information will be sent after registration is confirmed


Friends for Youth's 15th Annual Mentoring Conference:  Someone Who Matters: Challenges and Rewards of Youth Mentoring  This year's conference on April 24 and 25, 2014, features Bernadette Sanchez, Ph.D., as Research Keynote Speaker, who will discuss her work involving race, culture, and ethnicity in mentoring relationships. Other plenary presentations feature Debra Chasnoff, President of GroundSpark, sharing information about their groundbreaking educational films and Patricia Moore Harbour, Ed.D., author and champion of the concept of Community Educators. We are also excited to present a conversation between James Anderson from the Anti-Recidivism Campaign and Roger Jarjoura, Ph.D. from the American Institutes for Research, who will be sharing two different experiences of using mentoring with youth in prison. The conference also offers 26 workshop sessions over both days. Join us to grow your skills, learn from expert presenters and researchers, and feel supported by your peers. Bay Area Mentoring members are eligible for a 10% discount on registration fees for all staff.



National Mentoring Month 2014 Events


San Jose Sharks Celebrate NMM! On January 2, thanks to a generous donation from the Sharks Foundation, 12 mentors and mentees have penthouse sets tickets at SAP Center in San Jose! 
I Am a Mentor Day on Social Media On January 9, join the conversation on Facebook and/or use other social media to focus national attention on the need for mentors. The campaign is set up as a Facebook event titled "I Am A Mentor" and will be concentrated on a one-day call to action for mentors to post their stories and invite others in their network to join. Download the I Am a Mentor Day badge to use for your own program's accounts and to forward to your mentors, so they can participate, too.
Golden State Warriors Game Bay Area Mentoring member programs will again send their mentors and mentees to a Golden State Warriors home game on Friday, January 11. Thank you to the Warriors Community Foundation for another year of excitement and fun! 
Thank Your Mentor Day On January 16, honor someone who was or is a personal mentor during the time to honor the important role models in our lives by contacting mentors directly, sending a card or e-card, or posting a tribute online. For example, contact your former or current mentor to express your appreciation, become a mentor to a young person in the community, or make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program.
San Francisco Mentoring Event Also on January 16, join the San Francisco Mentoring Coalition in collaboration with the San Francisco District Attorney's office to raise awareness and recruit more mentors for the city's programs! For more information, visit their Facebook page.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service On January 20, honor and recruit mentors by participating in community service. For example, sponsor and organize a single service project, form teams to volunteer or encourage friends, colleagues, and families to seek out service projects in their local area.
San Jose Mentoring Event On January 25, join the South Bay Mentoring Coalition in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese's office to raise awareness and recruit more mentors for the city's programs! Visit for more information.
Golden State Warriors Celebrate NMM! On January 26, thanks to a generous donation from the Warriors Community Foundation, 50 mentors and mentees have special Oracle Zone seat tickets at Oracle Arena in Oakland!
Keep National Mentoring Month going at Sonoma Mentoring's Speaker Series starting on February 3, with Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom in conversation with Sydnie Kohara at the Sebastiani Theather in Sonoma. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website



2012 - 2013 Trainings

Friends for Youth's 14th Annual Mentoring Conference:  Making the Most of Mentoring  This year's conference on April 18 and 19, 2013, features David DuBois, Ph.D., and Michael Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D., as Research Keynote Speakers, who will discuss the new second edition of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring. The conference also offers 10 pre-conference courses providing opportunities for deeper learning on select topics on Thursday and 15 shorter workshop sessions on Friday. Join us to grow your skills, learn from expert presenters and researchers, and feel supported by your peers. Bay Area Mentoring members are eligible for 10% off registration fees.
Bay Area Symposium:  Community Education: Educating and Developing Youth Symposium  Friends for Youth presents this all-day session on Thursday, January 10, 2013, featuring education author Dr. Patricia Moore Harbour and nonprofit Executive Director Becky Cooper, as they discuss Dr. Harbour's book, Community Educators: A Resource for Educating and Developing our Youth and the role of mentoring in learning. There is a workshop fee of $25, which covers lunch and a copy of the book. Register online and find more details here!
OJJDP-funded Training: Mentoring High-Risk Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings  This NO-COST one-day training on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, on the Referrals of High-Risk Youth for Mentoring Services in Six Juvenile Justice Settings at The California Endowment in Oakland, is an opportunity for both youth mentoring organizations and Juvenile Justice settings to learn how to partner more effectively with each other and begin new collaborations that have the potential to be funded in the future, ultimately serving more youth. Register online and find more details here!
Northern California Symposium: Blogs, Tweets, and Friends: Effective Mentoring in the Age of Social Media  Bay Area Mentoring and CARS are co-sponsoring this special all-day workshop on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at The California Endowment in Oakland. If you work in a youth empowerment or youth mentoring program and you want to know more about the benefits and pitfalls of using social media, join trainers Sarah Kremer from Friends for Youth's Mentoring Institute and Dustianne North from CARS, along with a Youth Panel, to talk strategy, policy, and impacts of social media on youth mentoring. Register online and find more details here!

Media Interviews, PSAs, and Press Releases

During the month, Bay Area Mentoring member programs will be featured on radio interviews and press releases tagged with Bay Area Mentoring will be sent to local news outlets. Radio and television PSAs will also be sent to local stations to raise awareness about the need for mentors in the Bay Area. Visit the Media Page for more information.