Mentoring Short Course 2019

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Short Course: "INNOVATIONS IN MENTORING FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION" lead by prof. dr. Jean Rhodes
Date: 7 / 8 October 2019
Location: NHL Stenden University, Leeuwarden, NL

The European and UMB/MENTOR Centers for Evidence-Based Mentoring organize a Mentoring Short Course on the 7th and 8th of October 2019, in Leeuwarden, NL. It is the third Short Course the two centers organize together, connecting state-of-the-art research results  and innovative practices in the field of mentoring. This year's edition will focus on innovations in mentoring for social inclusion.

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The Short Course offers the chance to meet leading experts from  Europe and the US to discuss programme models as well as challenges and innovative solutions. During the two-day event, scholars  and practitioners together will talk about a variety of new innovations in the field, like mentoring and prevention science, cultural competences and the integration of youth initiated mentoring in education.
The Short Course will include keynotes, presentations and working sessions. Participants will learn how to enhance empowering relationships to promote social inclusion and an inclusive society.

Chairman of the Short Course is Mr. Frank van Hout, member of the executive board of VET Friesland College and member of the steering committee of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring.

Schedule 7th October

09:00 Registration
09:30 Opening of the Short Course by Mr. Frank van Hout, chairman 
09:40 Welcome speech by Mr. Klaas Wybo van der Hoek, member of the executive board of NHL Stenden
09:55 Keynote by prof. dr. Jean Rhodes, director of UMB/MENTOR Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, US
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Keynote by prof. dr. Tim Cavell, professor at University of Arkansas, US
11:45 Breakout session with reflections on the keynotes
12:15 Lunch break
13:30 Thematic working sessions of innovative practices
15:00 Knowledge Café
16:00 Summary of the first day
16:30 Ending
18:30 Networking dinner (optional)



Schedule 8th October

08:30 Registrations and welcome
09:00 Keynote by dr. Joan Becker, vice provost of the University of Massachusetts, US
09:45 Keynote by prof. dr. Jean Rhodes, director of UMB/MENTOR Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, US
10:15 Coffee break
10:30 Keynote by prof. dr. Renee Spencer, professor at Boston University, US
11:15 Breakout session with reflections on the keynotes
11:45 Lunch break
13:00 Thematic working sessions of innovative practices
14:30 Coffee Break
14:45 Panel Discussion
15:30 Summary of the Short Course
16:00 Ending

Keynote Speakers & Presentations

Prof. dr. Jean Rhodes
Jean Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Director of the MENTOR/UMass Boston Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. Rhodes has devoted her career to understanding and advancing the role of intergenerational relationships in the social, educational, and career development of disadvantaged youth.
She has published three books (including Stand by Me: The risks and rewards of mentoring today's youth, Harvard University Press), four edited volumes, and over 100 chapters and peer-reviewed articles on the topics related to positive youth development, the transition to adulthood, and mentoring.
Rhodes is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, and was a Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. She serves as Chair of the Research and Policy Council of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, is a member of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Connected Learning and sits on the advisory boards of several mentoring and policy organizations.
Download prof. dr. Jean Rhodes' keynote presentation here.
Dr. Joan Becker
Joan Becker is the vice provost for academic support services and undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is interested in student success, more specifically for low income, first generation students and students who are underrepresented in post-secondary education. She has been involved in developing and implementing a course focused on teaching students to develop a network of mentors to support their academic and career success. She also has extensive experience in training underrepresented students for scientific research careers. Together with the UMass Boston faculty and DF/HCC researchers she is working on identifying training opportunities for students, recruiting and identifying students for these opportunities and ensures that the students receive positive mentoring.
Download dr. Joan Becker's keynote presentation here.
Download her presentation of the Master Class at Friesland College here.

Prof. dr. Tim Cavell
Tim Cavell is a college professor at the University of Arkansas and a clinical child/family psychologist interested in developing more effective interventions for high-risk, school age children. He is especially interested in interventions that involve parents or adult mentors. His research is guided by an integrated life course-social learning model of children’s socialization and the development of antisocial behavior.
Tim Cavell typically teaches graduate classes, including Psychotherapy, Clinical Practicum, and Clinical Supervision and Consultation. Additionally, he offers a Service Learning class to students who want to experience being a school-based mentor for elementary school students.
Download prof. dr. Tim Cavell's keynote presentation here.

Prof. dr. Renée Spencer
Renée Spencer is a professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. She specializes in the study of relational processes at work in youth mentoring and also studies innovative approaches to mentoring for special populations of young people, including foster care and military-connected youth. An active member on a number of national boards, she has published more than 50 articles and book chapters and has received major grants supporting her research from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education and the William T. Grant Foundation.
Download prof. dr. Renée Spencer's keynote presentation here.

Thematic Sessions

We will offer 4 different thematic sessions per day. These 4 sessions will take place simultaneously and you have to decide which thematic session you would like to join.
Please note: there is a limited amount of places available per session.

Thematic sessions, Monday:
• Mentoring for ‘unaccompanied refugee minors’.
The session will give you insights into a pilot project in Austria, from a researcher’s as well as practitioner’s point of view.
Session lead by dr. Eberhard Raithelhuber, University of Salzburg
Room A.010

• Multilevel regional collaboration in mentoring as an answer to social inclusion
The session will showcase a diversity of mentoring models that is applied in the North of the Netherlands, to give tailor-made answers to mentees and to innovate together.
Session lead by team MentorProgramma Friesland, Stichting VerbindMij and School’s Cool Friesland
Room 0.30

Mentoring for migrants towards the labour market
The session offers knowledge gained by two organizations in Belgium, about innovative approaches in mentoring for newcomers seeking their way to carrier perspectives.
Session lead by ms Louise van Couillie (VDAB) and ms Valerie Carrette (Hefboom)
Room 0.16

How can mentoring be used to build peer relationships in order to counter school bullying and social exclusion?
The session is lead by prof. Tim Cavell and it is a follow-up of his keynote session during the Short Course.
Room 2.15

Thematic sessions, Tuesday:
Youth initiated mentoring in the Netherlands and the US The session involves best practices and research perspective, on preventing out of home placement of vulnerable youth through mentoring initiated by youth.
Session lead by dr. Levi van Dam and Susanne de Ruig (JIM) and prof.dr. Renee Spencer
Room: Auditorium (A.211)

• Natural mentoring, an educational model at the University of Massachusetts.
The session will showcase how an educational method can teach students to be intentional about reaching out to role models and to work with mentors.
The session is a follow-up of the keynote of dr. Joan Becker.
Room A.010

• Building a European collaboration to exchange and innovate in mentoring
The session offers knowledge on how to start a strategic partnership and connect innovative ideas to European priorities.
Session lead by mr. Frank Hiddink (Learning Hub Friesland) and Elena Barison (ECEBM)
Room 0.16

• Quality system in mentoring
The session explains ways to build a quality system for mentoring programmes, safeguarding the unicity of regions and mentoring models as well as implementing evidence in programme management and evaluation.
Session is lead by prof.dr. Jean Rhodes (CEBM) and dr. Migchiel van Diggelen (Open University NL / ECEBM)
Room 0.30

Participating Organizations

We are expecting 70+ participants at the Short Course from Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and Asia. The following list gives you an impression about the diversity of progammes and organizations: 

• AFEV FR • AVEF ES • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada CA • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rotterdam NL • Boston University US • Burcerius Law School DE • Canadian Mentoring Partnership • Catalysts NO • Coordinadora Mentoría Socíal ES • Cranmore Regeneration Project, IE • CSG Commenius NL • Erasmus University Rotterdam NL • Foróige IRE • Friese Poort NL • Friesland College NL • Humanitas Nederland NL • JIM NL • KU Leuven BE • Mentoring Alliance Singapore Limited SGP • Mentoring Urban Talent NL • MentorProgramma Friesland NL • Mentors of Rotterdam NL • MyFuture NL • NHL Stenden NL • People in Need/ Clovek v Tisni CZ • Perach IL • Programma di Mentoring Mentor-UP IT • Raise Foundation AU • ROC Midden Nederland • Rode Kors Denmark DK • Stichting B for You NL • Stichting VerbindMij NL, • UMB/MENTOR Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring US • University of Arkansas US • University of Massachusetts US • University of Salzburg AT • Universität der Bundeswehr München DE • Van Hall Larenstein NL • VDAB BE • Zaak & Co ROC Mondriaan NL 

Location of the Short Course

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The Mentoring Short Course will take place at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden. The adress of the event location is:

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences 
Rengerslaan 8
8917 DD Leeuwarden
The Netherlands

Directions to come to Leeuwarden from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport using public transport, or travelling by car: 

Public Transport: You can plan your travel from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Leeuwarden via 9292. Please double check for changes 10 days before the arrival date and in the morning of the travel day. At certain times, there is a direct (Intercity) train connection between the airport and Leeuwarden. 

Travel by Car: There is also the possibility to rent a car at Amsterdam Schiphol, in case you prefer to take the car to Leeuwarden. There are a few car rental companies located directly behind Arrivals 3.

Parking in Leeuwarden: If you are travelling by car, you can park directly at the Stenden Hotel or NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. Parking is free for event guests.

For more travelling information and instructions on how to find us on campus, check our TRAVEL DOCUMENT.

If you would like to learn more about Leeuwarden and its history have a look at Netherlands Tourism or and if your interested in the best things to do and the best bars to go to in Leeuwarden then check Independent.


Looking for a place to stay during the Short Course? We have some recommendations for you.

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, the location of this year's Short Course, enjoys the luxury of having Stenden Hotel, a 4-Star hotel, on their premises. This means, you don't have to travel far in the morning and after the programme ends. It is also well located for discovering the city center of Leeuwarden. Because of its location at the edge of the city center of Leeuwarden, you can easily walk to the heart of Leeuwarden and enjoy the city. There is still a limited amount of rooms available, so be quick to capture yours.

There are several other hotels at walking distance of the Short Course, like Post Plaza, Alibi Hostel or the Stadhouderlijk Hof.
Let us know if we can assist you with your booking. 

More information and registration

Registration Fees:
Non-members: 195 € / person
ECEBM Members: 150 € / person

To register to the event, you can email us your name and name of your organization. After registration, you will receive information about the payment through bank transfer.

For more information about the Short Course or if you still have some questions, feel free to contact Pia Sedlmeier, student manager of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring.
Do you wish to contribute to the Short Course and give a short presentation, contact Szilvia Simon, community manager of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring.
If you want to be part of the poster presentations you can contact Jacqueline Rietveld, associate professor of NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences.

We will be updating this page with more information in the following weeks, so don't forget to come back and check for updates!

Thank you and we are looking forward to seeing you in October in Leeuwarden!