Jan. 20 mentor conference draws nation attention
Mentor Kenosha & Racine's fifth annual mentoring conference is getting notice from across the nation and attendees from across the region. The Jan. 20 "Quality counts: Making a positive impact with youth" workshop is held at the Student Center Friday, Jan. 20, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The conference was recently featured in the "Mentoring Minute," a nationally distributed email news feature, and was the subject of a lengthy article on the Mentoring.org web site. Center for Community Partnerships Director of Community Development Mark Gesner said following the email the phone rang off the hook. Attendees will be here from Milwaukee, Madison, the Green Bay area, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, and other Wisconsin locations. "People from Chicago are signing up, too!" Gesner said.
The conference is keynoted by James Conway, a senior trainer from the Search Institute. Conway addresses "The Power of One, The Power of Many: Maximizing the impact of mentoring programs in the lives of youth."
Workshop sessions feature Conway's "Strengthening youth programs using the 40 developmental asset framework" presentation during session 1 and "Nurturing the spirit of youth" during session 2. Other presentations include "Making the connection between outcome measurement and funding opportunities" by Susan Gould of the United Way of Racine, "Get equipped with program evaluation tools" with the Kenosha Unified School District's Bernadette Sanchez, "Strengthening quality out-of-school time programs for youth" by Kathy Dunkerson and Lautauscha Shell, and several more. Each session provides attendees with valuable resources from evaluation and logic models to providing tools for recruiting volunteers.
Mentor Kenosha & Racine Coordinator Crista Kruse said of the conference, "All mentoring and other youth professionals will benefit from the variety of workshops offered this year. There is something for everyone."
Cost of the workshop is $95, ($30 for students) and attendance is limited to 150.For more information, visit www.uwp.edu keywords: Mentor KR or keyword continuing education, call Kruse at 262-595-2604 or access firstname.lastname@example.org by email.