Workshops on 17th of March

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The European Mentoring Summit 2016 featured workshops that explore this year's theme:
Mentoring: a powerful tool for 21st century skills in an economic vital region.
Workshop sessions showcased exemplary programme models, collaborations, research and innovations that have positive implications for strengthening the mentoring field. The workshops were divided in three themes:

Mentoring in an economic vital region theme:

- MIT Venture Mentoring Service, USA (more information here) (link to website)
- Duo for a job, Belgium (download the presentation here)
- SLAM! Student Led Leadership and Mentoring, UK (5 documents to download here, 1 - 2 - 3- 4- 5)
- Youth Business Spain (download the presentation here)

Developing research lines for Evidence-Based Mentoring theme:

- common session of researchers of University of Bristol, Mentor Support, University of Groningen and Youth Initiated Mentoring in youth care, the Netherlands
- Mentorlandet, Denmark (download the presentation here)

Mentoring, a powerful 21st century tool: best practices theme:

- Nightingale Network, Sweden
- Verikom, Germany
- Punt de Referencia, Spain
- Big Brothers Big Sisters, Russia
- Tous Parrains, France (download the presentation here)
- Netzwerk Berliner Kinderpatenschaften, Germany (download the presentation here)
- School's cool, The Netherlands
- Masters in Mentoring network, The Netherlands
- Mentors of Rotterdam, the Netherlands (download the presentation here and factsheet here)
- Mother Caroline Academy and Educational Center mentoring program, USA
- Scottish Mentoring Network, UK (download the presentation here)

Mentoring in an economic vital region theme:


Youth Business Spain (YBS) is a member of Youth Business International (YBI), a NGO global network that operates in over 40 countries to expand and enhance youth entrepreneurship support.
YBS is a national network that provides support services for young entrepreneurs thought local independent non-profit partners, which help entrepreneurs offering: training, financing and mentoring. The YBS mentoring programme consists on a personalized accompaniment whereby professionals -with entrepreneurial experience- guide, for a year and as volunteers, young entrepreneurs to consolidate and grow their first business.
The workshop’s aim is to share a worldwide mentoring programme for young entrepreneurs and its implementation in Spain.
Presenter: Ana Bejarano González – Youth Business Spain Mentoring Coordinator

DUO for a JOB introduces the first Belgian Social Impact Bond that aims to reduce unemployment among young migrants in Brussels through mentoring. Brussels-based non-profit organisation ‘DUO for a JOB’ has been selected to deliver a programme to link migrants with local retirees to help them move towards employment. They are matched with local retirees who used to work in the field of their employment interest, who are able to give them advice but also put them in touch with suitable employers. The scheme provides an individualised and tailored follow-up of their job-searching activities. This mentoring program also offers the opportunity to build intergenerational and intercultural links, thus reinforcing social cohesion in Brussels.
Presenters: Frederic Simonart & Matthieu Le Grelle

MIT Venture Mentoring Service: the Power of Mentoring Entrepreneurs. There is almost no place in the world that you do not find entrepreneurs who want to start businesses. There probably are many in your schools and universities and in your community. Successful startups create jobs and economic activity, and a startup business is far more likely to succeed when an entrepreneur with an idea can draw on the advice and guidance of a group of mentors with proven skill and experience. Over 16 years the mentors in the MIT Venture Mentoring Service have advised about 3500 entrepreneurs. What we have learned from doing this, and from the entrepreneurs, has developed into a unique model of mentoring that is very effective and sustainable, and it already has been adopted by over 50 organizations in 15 countries. We would like to share this experience with our European Mentoring Summit colleagues and discuss the applicability to your organization and your community.
Presenter: Louis Goldish, Senior Advisor

SLAM! Student Led Leadership and Mentoring – a practical introduction
£50,000 income per year, led by 18-21 year olds; in-built succession and leadership cascade peer learning and applicability to universities, schools, communities & social businesses – this is SLAM!’s in the UK, developed by Bridging to the Future. Young people and community leaders are enabled to initiate, lead, deliver and sustain innovative projects, programmes and enterprises for the long term benefit of the young people, communities, and organisations. SLAM! is a leadership development programme which focuses on building leadership, mentoring & enterprise capacity. Already working with over 2000 young people, SLAM! forms the basis of a bottom up approach to sustainable leadership and mentoring. SLAM! consists of practical coaching sessions, bespoke learning resources & development pathways, peer-led learning & teaching and live experience in real life scenarios. Young people develop their enterprise & leadership QEAS (qualities, experiences, attitudes and skills) to a level where they can cascade their learning to peers & further develop themselves.
Presenters: students of King Edward VI Five Ways students from England.


Developing research lines for Evidence-Based Mentoring theme


The workshop of Mentorlandet presents an overview of mentoring and mentoring-research in Denmark. Findings in the thesis “Inclusive mentoring – creating a world to live in”. are presented. Also, an example of action learning (and research) is duscussed. A peer to peer mentoring program based on action learning. A program in progress, where people with mental challenges are both mentors and mentees in an ongoing learning-process. - In the last section I will share a practical experience with ‘learning communities of practice’. The question is here: Can experienced mentors be mentors for each other? How can we use action learning in a way of giving mentors better skills and competences, and perhaps also give us a better way doing action research?
Presenter: Lars Holmboe, Ph.D. Roskilde University & Mentorlandet, Denmark

Common session on programme evaluation of University of Bristol, VU University of Amsterdam and Youth Initiated Mentoring in youth care, the Netherlands. Presenters showcase their research and programme results in the form of round table talks and short sessions.

Parents and professionals are sometimes frustrated: parents can’t reach the youngster and professionals can’t get in touch with the youngster and the parents. Out of home placement is in these situations an often chosen - and not effective - solution. In these complex situations Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM) offers an empowering solution. The youngster is asked ‘whom he trust or inspires him’ and that person is positioned as YIM: a counsellor for the youngster and adviser for parents and professionals. In the Netherlands YIM is introduced as an alternative for residential care: instead of out-of-home treatment, we now treat youngsters in their own environment and collaborate with people they trust. During the workshop we show the results of our pilot (how many families & YIMs did we work with and in how many situations did we succeed to prevent out of home placement) and discuss the forthcoming research.
Presenter: Levi van Dam, researcher and coordinator

Heide Busse is a PhD student with DECIPHer at the University of Bristol in England and explores youth mentoring in the UK. From 2012-2015, Heide was involved in the Breakthrough Mentoring research study, a feasibility RCT investigating the acceptability of randomly allocating young people at risk of exclusion from secondary school to a local mentoring programme. The research also included an extensive process evaluation and inspired Heide to continue her own research in the field of youth mentoring. In her PhD research, Heide aims to look further into mentoring programmes that are currently offered to UK secondary school students and aims to explore ways and methods to measure the effectiveness of mentoring with regard to improving students’ health, wellbeing and education outcomes.
Presenter: Heide Busse, PhD student

Mentor Support is a research based mentoring program from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which aims to improve social participation of adolescents with a visual impairment (aged 15-22). Several theoretical frameworks, such as the Self-determination Theory, are used to develop the program. The effect will be tested in a randomized controlled trail (RCT), using pre-test, post-test, and follow-up measurements. Three groups are included: one group receiving Mentor Support from a mentor with a visual impairment, one group receiving Mentor Support from a mentor without a visual impairment, and one control group. These groups will provide answers to the questions; can mentoring improve social participation? And are disability-specific experiences of mentors predictors for success? Within this session the outline of the research, challenges while performing this research, and other mentoring related elements of this research will be discussed.
Presenter: Eline Heppe, Ph.D. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

What are the benefits of mentoring for mentors? Friederike Doerwald is a PhD student in organizational psychology at the University of Groningen. Her research examines the role of mentor characteristics (e.g., age, emotional competencies) and potential benefits of mentoring for mentors. While previous research has largely focused on the positive outcomes of mentoring for protégés, less is known about the benefits for mentors. Friederike conducts her research in the youth as well as the work context and investigates the positive effects of mentoring on mentors’ well-being and work motivation, as well as the underlying mechanisms. In this session, she will present a conceptual model of the benefits of mentoring for (older) mentors and some preliminary results that support the model.
Presenter: Friederike Doerwald, PhD student University of Groningen

Mentoring, a powerful 21st century tool: best practices theme


Mentors of Rotterdam is a program of unprecedented size and with some unique features: More than 700 university students are enlisted this year as mentor of a high school student or primary school child in the south of Rotterdam. The studentmentors work schoolbased, during school hours and are connected to a whole class of high school students, and receive on site guidance and intervision from their own university professor.
During this workshop we will discuss issues such as “what defines a studentmentor”, “what kind of activities enhance the effectivity of mentoring”, and “how do we prepare students to become studentmentor”?
Presenter: Margriet Clement and Nienke Fabries, programme team 

Scottish Mentoring Network (SMN) is an umbrella organisation with member projects across Scotland. It provides advice, guidance and support to current and emerging mentoring projects and connect members to share good practice and experience. Amongst the services SMN provides access to accredited training, an evaluation framework and an annual conference for practitioners. Core funded by the Scottish Government SMN provides a national forum that influences the development of mentoring across all sectors. SMN responds to/informs policy, decision makers and funders in Scotland and works strategically with them, mentoring providers and academics. The workshop will concentrate on the SMN Project Quality Award and Good Practice Guide. Achieving the Quality Award demonstrates a project is applying a high standard of good practice to all aspects of its work and delivering a service which meets the requirements of all its stakeholders.
Presenters: Iain Forbes, Strategic Development Manager & Sarah Barr, Quality and Support Officer

School’s cool is a mentoring project for the preventive support of children with special needs who go from primary to secondary school. Sixth-grade students who want to learn, but lack the ideal environment to do so, can be assigned a voluntary tutor. The tutor will come by the student’s house every week to help them with their homework and study skills. The first-year students will receive positive attention and will not only learn practical things, such as working with a diary, but also how to be stronger on a social level. Furthermore, the tutor will stimulate their general development. School’s cool discourages school leaving. The coaching lasts for 1,5 years until halfway through the second year of secondary school.
School’s cool Netherlands seeks to ensure that more pupils are able to benefit from School’s cool and ensures the implementation of the School’s cool programme meets required standards. As a national support body it promotes the exchange of expertise and cooperation between the various branches and commissions scientific and other studies into the programme’s effectiveness.
Presenter: Vivianne Rousseau, program manager Hoogezand-Sappermeer

The Nightingale mentoring program started in 1997 at Malmö University in Sweden. It has given more than 3000 students and children the possibility to get together once a week for two semesters to gain unique insight into each other’s worlds and living conditions.
The workshop will discuss what it means for children and mentors to take part in the program. Several former children involved in the program have now also become mentors themselves - a new generation of the Nightingale is born!
The program has spread to more than 24 universities all over Europe as well as to Africa, all of which are connected to the Nightingale Mentoring Network.
Presenter: Carina Sild Lönroth, program manager

The "Referent" programme (Punt de Referencia) offers to older youth transitioning out of foster care and at risk of social exclusion (aged 17-23) a volunteer who becomes a mentor for them and supports them in their path to emancipation. Mentors are people aged 30-60 who undertake to provide continuity to the relationship by being a part of their social network after six months of mentor training and support. The volunteers offer the young people multiple kinds of support (emotional, cultural knowledge, communication and social skills, support in studies, job seeking and housing). The project is run by Punt de Referència Association, a non-profit organisation founded in 1997. It has been working to promote full social integration, equal opportunities and
improving the quality of life of older young transitioning out of foster care and at risk of social exclusion, mentoring them in their emancipation process. It is the most experienced organisation and a leader in youth social mentoring networks in Spain.
Presenter: Laura Terradas Cargol, Coordinator of Referents Program

A national network in mentoring in France: Tous Parrains. In France, there are several mentoring networks. In 2015, these networks took the initiative to group together in order to promote mentoring in France and share practices among each other. 'Tous Parrains' is the first gathering of 6 leading French mentoring charities that provide mentoring to children and young people: UNAF, UNAPP, Parrains Par’Mille, Grands Parrains, France Parrainages, Secours Catholique. 
France Parrainages and Secours Catholique - 2 group members - will present "Tous Parrains" activities and share key success factors on how to develop regional activities.
Presenter: Sophie Charro, managing director France Parrainages & Brigitte Alsberge, head of department Secours Catholique


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia is a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters International, one of the most effective mentoring programs for children in difficult life situations. The program is over 100 y.o.). Currently the program exists in 15 countries all over the world (USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Ireland, Poland, Bulgaria, Israel, Bermuda, South Africa, and others). The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program is to help children in difficult life situations (Littles) to achieve their life’s potential through professionally organized relationships with an adult volunteer mentor (Big). Arranged match is built under the supervision of our specialists – case managers, who supervise their progress. The evidence-based studies and the evaluation of the program conducted.
Presenter: Alexandra Telitsyna, executive director BBBS of Russia

Mentoring with and for students from immigrant families by Verikom. The workshop takes up the theme and thread of the keynote lecture on "mentoring with migration background" and takes the focus to good practice examples in different parts of Europe. The workshop presenters will introduce different projects and organisations from several European countries and discuss the potential, the limitations and the range of possibilities for the use of the mentoring methodology in super-diverse school or neighbourhood contexts. On this basis, it allows discussing specific question, problems and suggestions among the practitioners who participate in the workshop.
Presenters: Jens Schneider, Verikom Hamburg & Maurice Crul, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Mother Caroline Academy (MCA) is the only private school in Boston, Massachusetts USA serving girls of all faiths, ethnicities and cultures from families with limited financial resources. The Academy provides a high quality education for girls in grades 4-8 developing the individual gifts of each student and preparing for success in secondary schools and colleges. The Academy’s results are well ahead of the national average with a 100 % high school graduation rate and a 4-year college graduation rate of 75%. The Mentor Program provides support to current 7th and 8th grade students, as well as high school alumnae as the transition away from the Academy, adapt to high school culture, and undertake the college selection and application process. An initial 2 year initial commitment with the potential to follow the student throughout high school and into college.
During this session attendees will learn about networking to find mentors, mentor screening, recruitment and retention, program planning and using social media to promote mentor programs. This workshop is designed to be interactive. Attendees will leave with tools to bring back to their respective programs.
Presenter: Julie Anne Gehring, Director of Mentoring and Community Engagement

The Netzwerk Berliner Kinderpatenschaften has been founded in 2012 appertaining to different mentoring and befriending organisations in Berlin. Nowadays the network consists of 33 members organisations as well as some volunteers. The network is based on collaboration and exchange of professional knowledge. It points at the design and implementation of corporate activities in the sector of public relations and political lobbying on a regional level. Additionally, the network organises joined projects for both the target groups of the mentoring-/befriending relationships and the project-coordinators. The workshop deals with the added value of networking and cooperative collaborations for the members within regional and supraregional umbrella organisations. As an example, two conducted projects developed and realised by the Berlin network will be presented: The Mentoring and Befriending for Sustainable Development Project (2013-2014) and the European Mentoring and Befriending Exchange Programme (2014-2015). All together the following question will be addressed: Do we need a European Mentoring and Befriending Network and how should it look like?
Presenter: Florian Stenzel and Bernd Schuler

Masters in Mentoring is a nationwide mentoring partnership between MatchMentor, Match Humanitas, MentorProgramma Friesland, Kans050 and BforYou in the Netherlands, initiated by the Oranje Fonds - the largest endowed foundation in the area of social welfare. These five mentoring programmes have the intention to share their acquired knowledge with upcoming mentoring programmes and others who are interested in the opportunities that mentoring offers. The central theme in this workshop is ‘Expansion.’  The Masters will offer their expertise about required aspects for Expansion such as: * Cooperation with business partners * Cooperation with youth care/welfare organizations * Broadening of the target group * Expansion of the geographical area.
Presenters: four coordinators of Masters of Mentoring

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