Innovations in Mentoring Symposium Announced

December 5, 2016 4pm

Atlanta, GA – On January 13, 2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta and the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy will host a symposium entitled Innovations in Mentoring: Game Changers for Changing Lives. This dynamic conversation will explore how the private, public and non-profit sectors are working together to innovate, to improve and to ensure positive futures for children and youth. The event takes place from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

“We are excited to bring national and local experts together for this important dialogue,” says Janice McKenzie-Crayton, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. “Our goal is to instigate a meaningful and action-oriented discussion for the broader community.”

Innovations in Mentoring brings together experts in mentoring practice, research and technology for a dialogue that explores innovations in the field. Participants will explore the roles that research, technology and collaborative partnerships should play in the development of more effective mentoring programs. In the midst of innovation, we seek to ensure that the traditional high-touch approach of mentoring programs is married with high-tech tools, all in the pursuit of more positive outcomes for youth.

The keynote speaker will be David Shapiro, the CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the unifying national champion for expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has helped build and serve the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools.

Under Shapiro’s leadership, MENTOR’s efforts to build capacity and scale innovation within the mentoring movement have been highlighted by the Social Impact Exchange, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. During his tenure, MENTOR launched In Real Life, a national mentoring public awareness campaign, with the support of the NBA and has worked extensively with the Obama Administration on the mentoring component of My Brother’s Keeper. In addition, the U.S Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention selected MENTOR to establish and lead the National Mentoring Resource Center.

MENTOR’s 2014 report The Mentoring Effect found that 1 in 3 young people are reaching adulthood without the benefit of a mentor. With the vision that every young person must have the supportive relationships they need to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults, MENTOR’s mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships and ultimately close that gap.

The distinguished group of speakers also includes:

  • Kaye Husbands Fealing, Professor and Chair, School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Gabriel Kuperminc, Professor of Psychology at Georgia State University
  • James Franklin, President and CEO of TechBridge
  • Janis B. Kupersmidt, Ph.D., President & Senior Research Scientist at iRT
  • Brian L. Paulding, President and CEO at 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
  • Milton J. Little, Jr., President and CEO at United Way of Greater Atlanta

To learn more about this event, please visit bbbsatl.or/gamechangers. The event is free, however advance registration is required.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta

For more than 55 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) has transformed the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our community through a proven youth development strategy: one-to-one mentoring. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The agency serves approximately 2,100 children from 12 metro Atlanta counties on an annual basis.

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