Mentoring Conference Celebrates Tomorrow’s Workforce

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business Education Partnership and the Vermont Mentoring Partnership are joining efforts on Monday, November 15, 2004, to present the Seventh Annual Mentors Make a Difference Conference at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington (8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.). The Conference is open to adults and youth 13 years of age or older.The Conference attracts hundreds of youth and adult participants, offering 20 workshops serving Vermont youth and service providers from the mentoring community. Through a dynamic program designed for youth and adults alike, Vermonts mentoring community will attend workshops to share ideas and strategies, improve and promote mentor programs, and strengthen team-building skills while exploring life principles. The conference is a rare opportunity for youth and adults to work together in an unconventional setting at a time when adult guidance, in a variety of forums, has been shown to improve student grades, school attendance, career options, and family relationships. Mentoring has also proven to prevent drug and alcohol initiation.Dr. Susan Weinberger, an international consultant on mentoring and the founder and president of the Mentor Consulting Group in Norwalk, Connecticut, is the keynote speaker. Dr. Weinberger has been recognized for her expertise in establishing, maintaining and evaluating mentoring programs and school-to-work initiatives. Her work has been published widely and the program she designed has been replicated in more than 45 of the United States, Bermuda and Canada.Workshops are designed to help start, maintain, or enhance a mentor program, and cover concepts such as leadership styles, mentor-mentee matches, e-mentoring, background checks, marketing, and communication. Workshop presenters include Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz, Margo Pedroso from the National Mentoring Partnership, Lesley Becker of Media Insight Service, and many, many more.The Vermont Mentoring Partnership is a clearinghouse for training, referrals, certification, workshops, conferences, and technical assistance to the Vermont mentoring community. A downloadable brochure and secure online registration are available at www.vtmentoring.org(link is external). For more information call or email the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business Education Partnership at 802-223-0603 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img

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