Summer Symposium on Mentoring Research at PSU: "Ted Talks" Format for Mentoring Juvenile Justice/Child Welfare Youth

positive-youth-development_kids-soaring-off-rocks-sunset[Interested in what researchers have to say about mentoring young people who have had contact with the juvenile justice and foster care systems?
The Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research at Portland State University (PSU) has invited, the author wrote me, "not one, not six, but 12 researchers to give back-to-back presentations in a "Ted Talks" format ... all on mentoring young people." That's what I call a mentoring lollapalooza! Read on for details. -Ed.]

The Portland State University (PSU) Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research is proud to present the Summer Symposium on Mentoring Research. This special one-day symposium is for a national audience of professionals from youth mentoring programs or working in the fields of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and education. Throughout the day, distinguished researchers will give short, substantive talks highlighting their most important and intriguing findings. It will be a fast-paced, stimulating presentation of thought-provoking topics and trends in youth mentoring. Attendees will have opportunities to discuss these themes and to network with colleagues.

The focus of the 2011 Summer Symposium on mentoring research will be the mentoring of youth who have had contact with the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. Mentoring has become a prevalent approach not only for prevention but also intervention with youth in foster care and for adjudicated youth in diversion, incarceration, or re-entry situations. The Symposium will feature prominent researchers who investigate effective approaches for serving these young people. Speakers include:

Kym Ahrens, University of Washington
Jeffrey Butts, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Tim Cavell, University of Arkansas
Sarah Geenen, Portland State University
Roger Jarjoura, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Thomas Keller, Portland State University
Leslie Leve, Oregon Social Learning Center
Michelle Munson, New York University
Julia Pryce, Loyola University Chicago
Renee Spencer, Boston University
Heather Taussig, University of Colorado

The Summer Symposium is intended for all with an interest in mentoring for vulnerable youth: staff professionals from mentoring, child welfare, and juvenile justice programs; representatives and policy-makers from federal, state, and local government; representatives of businesses, foundations, and philanthropic organizations; and community advocates and volunteers, including mentors!

Friday, July 22, 2011: Check-in (8:30-9:30am), Program (9:30am-4:30pm), Reception (4:30-6:00pm)
Please register at:
Registration fee: $75 per person. Oregon residents/programs have reduced fee of $50/person or an agency flat rate of $150 if multiple staff wish to attend. The event is free of charge to PSU faculty, staff and students.
Space is limited. Registration deadline: July 11, 2011.
We gratefully acknowledge support from Oregon Community Foundation and Portland Children’s Levy.

Kay Logan coordinates all projects, events and activities at the Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research at Portland State University. In addition to coordinating the Center, she has extensive experience providing resources and technical assistance to mentoring programs and initiatives throughout the U.S. on all aspects of program development, management and sustainability.

Photo: B Tal via Creative Commons license.


Updated: February 08 2018