Mentoring Meet and Match

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European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring organizes in collaboration with national and regional mentoring partners a Mentoring Meet & Match in Brussels, on 11 / 12 April 2017. It is the first time that such an event takes place for mentoring organizations and decision makers from all over Europe, in order to advocate for the multi-sectoral effects of mentoring and seek the multi-sectoral support on a European level.

Goal of this event is twofold: on the one hand to connect to representatives of EU decision and policy making and talk about the current focus in terms of European challenges and Europe2020 strategy. On the other hand, the event unites organizations from different regions, sectors and backgrounds in order to plead for a place of mentoring on EU agendas.
This ‘Mentoring Meet and Match’ event offers the opportunity to show the effect of mentoring for future’s youth in Europe, and at the same time to discuss critical issues facing Europe’s young people. The event therefore contributes to the expansion of quality mentoring opportunities in each country in Europe.

Topics of the day:
- European focus on youth development and integration of migrants;
- Place of mentoring in national and European agendas, shared by national and European representatives;
- Impact of mentoring as shown by research;
- Europe2020: what can we learn from its focus and how can we connect?
- Multi-sectoral approach of mentoring and the relation to European priorities.


Participating delegates:


Participating delegates of the Mentoring Meet & Match are mentoring programme practitioners, representatives of local / regional / national and European government, heads of social foundations and researchers.

- Big Brothers Big Sisters Rotterdam, NL
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Russia, RU
- Catalysts, NO
- DEA Think Tank, DK
- Diana Award, UK
- Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, DE
- VET Friesland College and Friese Poort, NL
- Government of Catalonia, ES
- KiPa Berlin, DE
- Mentoria Social Catalonia, ES
- MentorProgramma Friesland, NL
- Mentors of Rotterdam, NL
- NHL & Stenden University of Applied Sciences, NL
- Nightingale Mentoring Network, SE
- Passeport Avenir, FR
- School's cool Utrecht, NL
- Stichting de Verre Bergen, NL
- Taal doet meer, NL
- VDAB Connect2Work, BE
- VET Midden Nederland, NL



Programme 11th April


10:30 Registration, Neth-ER office, 22, Rue d’Arlon, Brussels

11:00 Opening of the Meet & Match by chairman Dr. Marc Coenders

11:10 Keynote on the Europe2020 strategy and the key role of education, by ms Fiorella Perotto, Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission, Directorate-General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Unit Strategy and Investments

11:40 World Café on the topic of mentoring and national / European priorities

12:30 lunch break and networking moment

13:20 Three best practices of a national mentoring campaign:

- ms Julia Schermann, programme leader of the national "Aktion Zusammen Wachsen" mentoring campaing of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs,Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany and mr Florian Stenzel, Netzwerk Berliner Kinderpatenschaften

- ms Emma Scott, head of the Diana Award Mentoring Campaign and delivery partner of the Government Mentoring Fund, and ms Eleanor Cooper, mentoring project manager, UK

- mr Orland Cardona, head of unit Interdepartmental policy & Civil Society of the Government of Catalonia; initiator and head of the Mentoring Programme for Refugees in Catalonia, ES

14:10 Summary of the morning discussion and general conclusions by chairman Dr Marc Coenders

14:20 Panel discussion with members of the European Commission, Directorate-General for
Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) and Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL):
ms Maria Ilies, policy officer at DG EMPL, unit inclusion
mrs Ana-Maria Stan, policy officer at DG EAC, unit schools and educators

15:15 Thematic sessions in subgroups:
- Mentoring and reseach: the evidence
- Mentoring and European collaboration
- Mentoring in a vital region: best practices

16:00 Summary of the sessions and closing

Chairman of the day is Dr. Marc Coenders, professor of Agile Crafsmanship of NHL University of Applied Sciences and European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring.


Programme 12th April


The second day programme is a visit to the European Parliament. The tour starts at 10:30 and lasts 90 minutes.

More information and registration


For more information about the Mentoring Meet & Match, you can contact Szilvia Simon at the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring.

Registration fee is 195€.
To register to the event, you can send us an email with your name and name of your organization. After registration, you will receive information from us about the payment through bank transfer.

Thank you and see you on the 11th of April in Brussels!