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TMCs can share their successes, challenges, and insights on this peer-learning call.

The theme for this PLC will be success stories from your 7th Gen mentoring program.  This PLC will be a type of “show and tell” where you can share inspirational stories about youth and their mentors.  We encourage everyone to share a photo or some sort of virtual memento so that we can learn from one another.

A girl’s smile can often hide identity struggles, anxiety, depression, self-loathing and pressure to succeed bubbling under the surface. The presentation of these issues in girls often differs from their presentation in adolescent boys and adult women. This session will explore common but frequently overlooked and underdiagnosed behavioral health challenges girls face. After attending this webinar, participants will better understand potential concerns and interventions to support girls through these challenges.

After the webinar, participants will be able to describe the following:

  • Risks associated with behavioral health conditions
  • ADHD and its unique appearance in adolescent girls
  • Development and treatment of self-injurious behavior

This event is the second webinar in OJJDP's series “Improving Conditions of Confinement for Vulnerable Populations.” Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10–18 and the leading cause of death for youth in confinement. Risk factors for suicidal thinking and behavior—much more common for youth in the juvenile justice system—include psychiatric and substance abuse disorders, physical abuse, neglect, and trauma. This webinar will focus on methods for identifying risk for suicide among youth in custody and effective prevention and intervention strategies for responding to suicidal behaviors.

National call for Native American and Alaska Native youth! 

Please join United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) at our nation's capital to learn leadership and public speaking skills; how to plan community service projects; and to meet with members of Congress to discuss important issues affecting our youth such as substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, suicide, high school dropout rate, civic engagement, career readiness, and overall wellness.  The UNITY Mid-Year Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City hotel in Arlington, Virginia, where an exciting Native Youth Recognition Program will be also be unveiled.  In addition, the National UNITY Council, comprised of youth representatives from throughout the country, will conduct its annual business meeting to prepare for the national conference in late June 2014.

We encourage Tribal Youth Programs to select a youth representative (ambassador) and a chaperone to go to Washington, D.C. to learn more about the UNITY organization and network with other Native youth on how to best address issues affecting their communities.  Training will be provided for youth and adults who work with youth.  UNITY has a 37-year track record hosting national and mid-year meetings and conferences for Native youth.  

What does it mean to be an adolescent girl today? This session provides an overview of girls' development and growth during adolescence and the opportunities and risks that they face. Topics include physical changes, socialization, roles and relationships, identity development, risks, and resiliency as factors affecting girls during this critical time. After completing this webinar, participants will have a basic understanding of developmental issues for adolescent girls that will support more effective work with girls and young women ages 12 to 18.

After the webinar, participants will be able to describe the following topics:

  • Typical and atypical developmental trajectories
  • The role of peer and family relationships
  • The impact of culture and values
  • Strategies for fostering resiliency and empowerment

This event will introduce participants to the National Indian Youth Leadership Project’s approach to positive youth development, adventure and experiential-based learning, and the core concepts and principle components of Project Venture.

The event will take place at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

The National Mentoring Summit is convened by MENTOR: the National Mentoring Partnership and host committee members the Corporatoin for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Harvard School of Public Health, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention (OJJDP), and the United Way Worldwide.

This summit is the signature event for the national mentoring movement and will bring together 700 participants, including practitioners; researchers; corporate partners; government and civic leaders; national youth-serving organizations; and the network of Mentoring Partnerships in a forum to explore and advance mentoring's positive impact on individuals and communities.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe how evidence-based quality mentoring relationships help young people succeed at home, in school, and at work
  • Demonstrate the many ways in which mentoring works to support positive youth outcomes by showcasing innovate program models, emerging research, and the nuances across diverse youth populations
  • Discuss effective and innovative practices, discuss new research, focus on professional development, and create a shared agenda for the mentoring movement

The 2013 National Mentoring Summit theme is: Mentoring Works: Inspire. Achieve. Advocate. The 2013 theme focuses on the research-proven impact of quality mentoring relationships. Mentoring works in helping young people succeed academically, socially and emotionally. It inspires the mentee, as well as the mentor, and it can lead to long-term achievement.

The call for workshop presentations is open to organizations, direct service providers, researchers and other key stakeholders who can demonstrate successful or innovative mentoring program models, research, technologies and resources that have positive implications for local communities and, therefore, for the mentoring field.

Practitioners, researchers and innovators are encouraged to submit proposals showcasing:

  • Effective, best-practices programs.
  • Latest research trends and implications, particularly around quality.
  • Cutting-edge training tools and resources.
  • Innovations in financial sustainability and funding opportunities.
  • Innovations in collaborative partnerships, including corporate/community engagement.
  • Faith-based perspective.
  • Advocacy and organizing.

 Workshop proposals for the 2013 National Mentoring Summit, January 24 – 25 at the Renaissance Mayflower Washington, D.C., are due Monday, June 25.

Access information and workshop applications at 2013 National Mentoring Summit webpage:


Mark LoMurray, Founder and Executive Director, Sources of Strength

Laura Rundell, Health Teacher and Program Leader, Elmira Free Academy

Peter A. Wyman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine

Brief description

Sources of Strength is a program that trains diverse high school students to serve as peer leaders and connects them with adult advisors at school and in the community. With support from the advisors, the peer leaders conduct well-defined messaging activities intended to change peer group norms influencing coping practices and problem behaviors (e.g., self-harm, drug use, unhealthy sexual practices). An evaluation of the program in 18 high schools found that the curriculum led to changes in peer leaders’ coping practices and connectedness with adults and to changes in norms of students in the school population.  The norms most strongly enhanced were the acceptability of seeking help from adults and students’ perceptions that adults in their school could provide help to suicidal students. 

This webinar will highlight the critical aspects of the Sources of Strength program, which could be replicated in other settings.  It will also describe an effective approach to program evaluation.  Specific attention will be given to enhancing protective factors associated with suicide at the school population level.


By the end of the webinar participants will be able to:

1.       Describe the key elements of the Sources of Strength Program and understand how it works to decrease suicide risk.

2.       Understand how data was collected and utilized to improve the program.

3.       Know how one community benefitted from implementing the program.

4.       Identify methods for adopting or adapting the strategies, approaches, and tools of the Sources of Strength Program for use in their own communities.

Register online
Space is limited.  Please register at:

After you register, you will receive an e-mail containing information about how to participate in the webinar. 

If you have questions, contact Tiffany Kim, SPRC Project Coordinator at 202-572-3717 or

Applications are now being accepted for the sixth annual Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring, scheduled for July 23 – 27, 2012, at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

The Summer Institute is an intensive, week-long seminar on the latest developments in theory and research on youth mentoring. Internationally recognized research fellows lead the highly interactive sessions, which provide an in-depth view of the research and examine its implications for program policies and practices. Sessions also include time for participants to think critically and creatively about their own program issues and explore opportunities for innovation. Because the use of formal mentoring to support youth has changed and evolved in recent decades, the 2012 Summer Institute will focus on the theme of innovative and nontraditional models of youth mentoring.

For more information and to apply, go to