Register Now ButtonYouth Initiated Mentoring as a Game-Changing Strategy for At-Risk Youth

Afternoon Workshop 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Evidence suggests that high quality youth mentoring programs can have positive influences on outcomes for at-risk youth. However, mentoring programs often struggle to meet the high demand for volunteer mentors. Youth initiated mentoring (YIM), in which youth recruit mentors from their own social networks, is an innovation that holds promise for addressing this and other challenges mentoring programs face. In this session, Whitney Mastin and Emily Wilson from the Midlands Mentoring Partnership in Nebraska will discuss a collaborative effort between mentoring programs and the juvenile justice system to reach more at-risk youth in the Omaha community. Participants will come away from the discussion with tips and tools to explore implementing Youth Initiated Mentoring in their communities.

Presented by Whitney Mastin (Director of Operations, Midlands Mentoring Partnership) and Emily Wilson (Youth Initiated Mentoring Coordinator, Midlands Mentoring Partnership)

2016 Mentoring Caucus: Whitney MastinWhitney Mastin currently serves as the Director of Operations for the Midlands Mentoring Partnership. The mission of the Midlands Mentoring Partnership is to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring in Nebraska. As a part of her position, Whitney is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the implementation of an innovative new mentoring model called Youth Initiated Mentoring to reach disconnected youth. She has presented on Youth Initiated Mentoring and other relevant topics to the mentoring field at both regional and national levels. Whitney received her master’s degree in Public Administration & Nonprofit Management from the University of Nebraska, and currently serves as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Douglas County.

Emily Wilson currently serves as the Youth Initiated Mentoring Coordinator for the Midlands Mentoring Partnership. In her role, Emily provides on the ground support for the implementation of Youth Initiated Mentoring across multiple program sites. Prior to this role, Emily led the successful roll-out of the Youth Initiated Mentoring model in an existing high quality mentoring program at Girls Inc. Omaha. Emily has a dual degree in Criminal Justice and English from the University of Nebraska, is a current youth mentor, and serves as a member of a local task force committed to creating a comprehensive, coordinated, and community-wide approach to juvenile services that eliminates the need for youth involvement with our justice system.

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