A day of workshops Friday will focus on building skills and community support for mentoring, shown to have a strong positive effect on at-risk children.
The inaugural Youth Mentoring Summit is being put on by Sierra Vista Child & Family Services, the Stanislaus County Office of Education, United Way of Stanislaus County, Expect More Stanislaus, Mentor Me Stanislaus and Modesto City Schools.
Mentors, mentees, educators, businesses, community leaders and organizations will get practical information and inspiration from speakers, including David Shapiro, head of Mentor, a network of state mentoring partnerships, programs and volunteer centers. Also speaking will be Becky Cooper, leader of Friends for Youth Inc., a model mentoring program.
Workshops will include mentoring support, recruitment and screening, program design and management, matching mentors to mentees, teaching life skills and closure.
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“It will be an opportunity to learn about essential elements that are considered best practices for mentoring programs, and why businesses and their employees should be involved in mentoring,” said Judy Kindle, Sierra Vista executive director. Not only do workers gain fulfillment through mentoring, research suggests they gain skills that positively affect businesses’ bottom line, she said.