Mentoring Certificate Program hosted by UW-P
By Katrina Neveri
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Center for Community Partnerships and Mentor Kenosha & Racine are launching a Mentoring Certificate Program this spring. The course takes place over three sessions, with additional hours of online instruction at the participants' pace. Classes are held April 20, 27, and May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Orchard Room of Tallent Hall located at 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha.
The course is designed for mentoring and youth development professionals who want to learn best practices as set forth by mentoring experts. This evidence-based learning opportunity is modeled after MENTOR's? Elements of Effective Practice, and other leading research experts in the field of mentoring.
"In our efforts to build a quality mentoring movement in the region, we are fond of saying 'mentoring works' but the truth is that youth mentoring works best when delivered in a high quality manner," said UW-Parkside Director of Community Development Mark Gesner. "This certificate course will provide participants with an overview of the tools and research they need to create and sustain mentor programs that can truly have a positive impact on the kids they serve."
Participants will gain practical tools and strategies to implement within their own mentoring programs, helping them enhance program operations, measure program effectiveness, and plan for program sustainability.
"This course is a unique offering for all youth professionals to obtain valuable, practical advice from experts," said Crista Kruse, Mentor Kenosha & Racine manager. "We are fortunate to have resources from the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Grant, the United Way of Racine County, and the participation of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside."
In addition to Gesner and Kruse, instructors are UW-Parkside Manager of Diversity Programs Sarah Park, Lauren Devine, the university's community liaison to the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, and nationally known mentoring researcher and author Dr. David Dubois. Also serving as instructors are expert funders from the United Way and other foundation grant specialists.
Cost of the Mentoring Certificate Program is $475 for the public, $375 for Mentor Kenosha & Racine certified program staff, and $275 for AmeriCorps*VISTA members and students. Limited scholarships are available. Certificates of attendance are available to all participants upon completion of the program.If you are requesting CEUs, please verify qualifying CEUs with your licensing agency or call Kruse at 262-595-2604 for more information.