Here you will find past Maryland MENTOR Webinars as well as important webinars from National Mentoring Resource Center.

Maryland MENTOR Webinars

How to Have Conversations About Race with your BIPOC Mentee

Webinar Date November 18

Join the staff of Talbot Mentors to discuss how to approach conversations with youth from a place of humility, openness, understanding, vulnerability, and validation around the subject of racial injustice.

Combatting White Saviorism in Mentors and Mentoring Programs

Webinar Date November 5

Mentoring relationships and programs have the power to reproduce or reduce racial and economic inequality. They also have a moral obligation to do no harm to the youth and families being served. This session will explore what white saviorism looks like as well as the harmful impact it has on youth. Participants will develop the ability to recognize white saviorism in mentoring relationships and programs and explore concrete strategies to combat its harmful effects.

Best Practices for Mentoring Programs Serving Immigrant Youth

Webinar Date October 22

This webinar is a practicum in how to implement and sustain effective mentoring programs for immigrant youth. Participants will gain practical, concrete and ready-to-use strategies for creating and improving mentoring services for immigrant youth.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Webinar Date August 19

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a therapeutic approach to promoting behavior change with multiple techniques that focus on increasing individuals’ motivation for behavior change, usually through one-on-one patient-practitioner sessions. This is normally a 2-day training, however, this session will be an introduction and we will provide resources to full time training and certifications. Certificates will not be given with this training. MI aims to generate a client’s own reason for change rather than just provide information about change. The techniques of expressing empathy, rolling with resistance, and promoting client autonomy require the practitioner adopt appropriate language and use a reflective, non-confrontational, non-judgmental, and supportive style to encourage the client to openly explore behavior change options.

How to Create Healthy Closures in your Mentoring Program

Webinar Date August 7

Mentoring relationships that end prematurely may lead to particularly negative consequences for mentees, including declines in indicators of youth functioning, such as self-worth or their self-confidence in their school work. With program support and proper notice of the timing of and reasons for closure, mentees and other members of the match may fare better in coping with the loss of the mentoring relationship.

Understanding Teen Culture

Webinar Date July 23

Teen Culture is the way adolescents and young adults live, their norms, values, and practices they share. Culture enhances our quality of life and increases overall well-being for both individuals and communities. In this training, you will learn what the teen culture is, how it is beneficial to teens and how you can better understand their culture and teens in your life and programs. The culture of teens today is different than the culture when you grew up. However, when mentoring youth, it is important to understand their culture so you can better understand the youth mentee. As always, when you are working with people, (especially people who are different than you) and building relationships with them, it helps to have some perspective and understanding of their cultures.

Research, Skills, and Strategies for Programs Serving Immigrant Youth

Webinar Date July 8,2020

Participants will walk away from this webinar with an understanding of the challenges that immigrant youth face as well as the strengths that they bring to their new destinations. Participants will gain a mastery of the most up to date data regarding immigrant youth and regarding mentoring as it relates to immigrant youth.

Mentoring LGBTQ Youth

Webinar Date June 23, 2020

The LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ responds to a long-standing call to extend the reach and quality of mentoring relationships to one of our nation’s most underserved, marginalized, and vulnerable populations- youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ). As a well-documented body of research has noted, large numbers of LGBTQQ youth are growing up at a deficit- facing difficult odds due to day-to-day experiences with societal stigma, victimization, bias, and rejection. Given such a landscape, there is a need for caring adults, advocates, and mentors now more than ever.

Best Practices for Training Mentors

Webinar Date June 4, 2020

Learn the best practices that will best help you to train incoming and past mentors in your program. We need our mentors to be well trained before they begin their mentorship, this training will help you establish the best way to train future mentors so they can take those practices and build a strong bond with their mentee.

COVID19 Series: The Un-Townhall: Virtual Explorative Circle

Webinar Date May 22, 2020

COVID-19 Townhall Series: Virtual Explorative Circle: The Un-Townhall EditionDescriptionPlease join us for this unprogrammed opportunity to share, ask random questions and learn from other youth development practitioners on what’s been working well and what has been challenging. Bring your own topic, question or just listen!

Mentoring Youth Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

Webinar Date May 21, 2020

Critical training and dialogue on best practices for supporting youth and families impacted by the opioid crisis in Montgomery County and around the state.

Training facilitated by Jeff Walker, Founder, Transition Walkers LLC & Maryland MENTOR TA Consultant

Creating a Diversified Funding Strategy

Webinar Date May 8, 2020

Programs just starting out who want to learn how best to begin their funding skills and established programs who want to make the best of their funding expertise. This training is for C-suite executives, development staff, board members and program staff because everyone at a nonprofit should help with fundraising.

COVID19 Series: Self-Care Strategies for Youth Workers, Students, & Families

Webinar Date May 8, 2020

Join us to discuss strategies for making sure we are taking care of ourselves and how to support our youth and families to do the same!

Understanding Youth Development Principles for Mentoring Programs and Program Staff

Webinar Date Apr 29, 2020

Learn the basic needs of youth from: safety and structure, belonging and membership, self-worth and ability to contribute, self-awareness and ability to reflect and assess, independence and control over one’s life, and competence and mastery.

COVID19 Series: 25 Creative Virtual Youth Engagement ideas in 25 minutes

Webinar Date April 24, 2020

Join the MOST and Maryland MENTOR teams as we hear from 5 different mentoring and OST programs from across Maryland as they share creative ideas for virtual youth engagement during social distancing.

COVID19 Series: How to Apply for COVID Grants & Loans: Local, State, Federal & Foundation Opportunities

Webinar date Apr 17, 2020

Join the MOST & Maryland MENTOR teams as we take a deep dive into the various funding resources available right now to support mentoring and OST programs across the state. These resources include local, state, federal and select foundation opportunities.

Best Practices to Leading a Quality Mentoring Program

Webinar Date Apr 16, 2020

The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, details research-informed and practitioner-approved Standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs and consequently, impactful mentoring relationships. The six evidence-based Standards are intended to be applicable across almost every type of youth mentoring program. Each Standard includes Benchmarks to ensure the safety and effectiveness of mentoring relationships, as well as Enhancements that may be promising, innovative and useful for programs. Additionally, a Program Planning and Management section offers recommendations for designing, building, and strengthening mentoring programs and services. Learning how best to sustain the quality of your program will help your mentor and mentee relationships reach their full potential.

Quality Program Partners Info Session

Webinar Date Apr 2nd, 2020

If your program successfully underwent steps to qualify as an effective mentoring program, by undergoing the extensive process of technical assistance, we are now extending another opportunity to expand and improve your program by becoming a Quality Program Partner (QPP).
We are eager to identify and work with our qualifying second cohort of mentoring programs! The goal of QPP is to promote high-quality best practices among Maryland youth mentoring programs.

Quality Partners are mentoring programs that have demonstrated their commitment to quality program practices by completing the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) assessment and agreeing to participate in a number of additional regular quality practices and check-ins.

Membership is free and allows for demonstration of the following:
A meaningful indicator of quality
Benchmark program practices against national standards of excellence
Program commitment to excellence to potential mentors
Parents and community partners

We look forward to working with you soon!

Keys to Recruiting Men as Mentors

Webinar date Mar 31, 2020

Research shows that men are critical as mentors in the mentoring equation, yet many programs struggle to consistently recruit them as mentors. Learning how to recruit and retain men as mentors will help elevate your program and the mentors you can offer to youth. This webinar is best for all mentoring Programs, but specifically those who are looking to recruit men as mentors or have had trouble in the past recruiting and retaining men as mentors.

COVID-19 Youth Development Townhall

Webinar date Mar 27, 2020

Join the Maryland MENTOR, MOST & MD4CS squad for a conversation and sharing out of resources during this trying time, how we can support on another and, most importantly, continue to be present and supportive of the young people we love and work with.

Moving Towards Liberation Info Session

Webinar date Mar 25, 2020

Learn all about the Moving Towards Liberation Experience…supporting your organization in its strive to liberation for youth with our Moving Towards Liberation Info Session.

Webinar date Jan 22, 2020

The opioid epidemic impacts thousands across the country and is affecting people across gender, geography, race, and socioeconomic lines. While there are youth who are misusing opioids, they are using alcohol and marijuana more frequently. The opioid epidemic appears to most commonly impact youth in the form of the trauma they experience due to a parent, caregiver, or loved one struggling with or dying as a result of drug misuse. As mentors and caring adults in their lives, we are positioned to offer them timely support as they maneuver these difficult situations. Join us as we introduce a new training to the mentoring community that equips program staff and mentors with practical approaches to Mentoring Youth Impacted by The Opioid Crisis

NMRC Webinars

Teaching Social Emotional Competencies in Mentoring Programs

This webinar will explore a national definition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how mentoring can contribute to young people’s social emotional development. Presenters will discuss successful strategies of integrating the Search Institute Developmental Assets® Framework into a mentoring strategy, interviewing to assess SEL competence, and assessing SEL progress in program evaluation.

Strategies for Studying the Attunement and Cohesion of Mentoring Relationships

This webinar is part of the National Mentoring Resource Center’s ongoing series of learning opportunities for researchers and scholars who may be studying or evaluating mentoring relationships and programs. This webinar will discuss strategies for assessing the qualities of mentoring relationships, with a specific emphasis on the concept of “attunement” between mentors and youth mentees, as well as between staff and adult mentors. It will also examine measures of “group cohesion” and group dynamics for programs using a group mentoring model where multiple relationships are in play at once. Examples of these concepts and associated measures being used in real-world settings will also be discussed. This webinar will be valuable to any researcher, evaluator, or scholar looking for new ways of assessing the “magic” that happens between participants in a mentoring program.

Family Engagement to Strengthening Mentoring Relationships

While mentoring programs emphasize the bond between mentors and youth, programs must also acknowledge the crucial role families play in the relationship. Learning to effectively engage parents, caregivers and other family members can lead to stronger and more positive mentoring experiences and outcomes for the youth we serve. Involved caregivers and families are more apt to have a positive view of their child’s mentoring relationship and to be more supportive of the match.
Webinar Attendees will: Recognize the importance family engagement has on youth and mentoring relationships Understand the barriers and misconceptions to caregiver and family engagement Learn effective strategies on how to engage caregivers and families in helping to support youth in mentoring relationships

Mentoring in the Age of Technology

Technology and mentoring have an almost twenty year history. The field is sophisticated and entrepreneurial, connecting youth in isolated communities with mentors rich in experience and willingness. Join Kate Schrauth of iCouldBe.org and Camille Stone of WeTeachScience.org as they reflect on the lessons learned and opportunities of tech and mentoring. Joining them will be Dr. Lindsay Page, a researcher from The University of Pittsburgh, as she discusses her work with text based mentoring interventions. Learn from the experts as they discuss the opportunities, cautions and intricacies of tech incorporated with mentoring best practices.

Mentoring to and through College

Not only can applying and getting to college be a daunting endeavor, but also navigating the higher education system, once you are there, can be an even more mystifying experience, especially for young people who are the first in their families to attend college. Programs that mentor students to and through college can make a big impact. From learning about funding opportunities through scholarships to forming the networks to build their social capital and navigate those on-campus supports, these can all serve to better the college experience and increase persistence. This webinar will focus on the ways mentoring programs and mentors can support youth as they transition to and through college.

Find more important webinars from NMRC here.