Summary Mentoring Short Course 2019


Date: 7 / 8 October 2019
Location: NHL Stenden University, Leeuwarden, NL

On the 7th and 8th of October 2019 the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring organized a Mentoring Short Course in collaboration with the UMB/MENTOR Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. The Short Course took place in Leeuwarden and was the third edition the centers organized together. The event connected state-of-the-art research results and innovative practices in the fiels of mentoring and the topic was "innovations in mentoring for social inclusion".

Impressions of the Event: An Aftermovie

Presentations & additional documents

Presentation of prof. dr. Jean Rhodes: The case for youth-initiated mentoring
Presentation of prof. dr. Tim Cavell: How mentoring can be used to counter social exclusion in the primary grades
Presentation of dr. Joan Becker: Innovative and Inclusive Mentoring
Presentation of dr. Joan Becker: Master Class at Friesland College
Presentation of prof. dr. Renée Spencer: Mentoring in the Real World: How Social Ecologies Influence Mentor-Youth Relationships

List of Participants


Monday, 7th of October

The Monday started with the opening of the day by our chairman Frank van Hout (member of the executive board of VET Friesland College), followed by a welcome speech by Klaas Wybo van der Hoek (member of the executive board of NHL Stenden).
After the opening of the Short Course, we started with our first keynote, prof. dr. Jean Rhodes (director of UMB/MENTOR Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, US). She explained why traditional mentoring programmes aren't always inclusive.
The second programme point was the keynote by prof. dr. Tim Cavell (professor at University of Arkansas, US). He talked about bullying in schools and how a lunch buddy mentoring can control it.
Once we heard two keynotes form our American guests, we sat down in small groups during the breakout session. In those groups we discussed the most important lessons learnt during the keynotes and what the parallels were of the two presentations. Furthermore, we reflected on how we can implement the heard into our own (professional) practice. 
In the afternoon, we attended workshops, which covered different topics in the mentoring field. One workshop gave insights into a pilot project in Salzburg, Austria and discussed mentoring for unaccompanied refugee minors. Another workshop was about innovative approaches in mentoring for newcomers seeking their way to carreer perspectives. The workshop held by our local mentoring programmes, here in Leeuwarden, showcased a diversity of mentoring models to give tailor-made answers to mentees and to innovate together. Lastly, prof. dr. Tim Cavell also held a thematic session, which functioned as a follow-up of his keynote.
We ended the day with our "Knowledge Café", a market of research outcomes. 10 participants of the Short Course decided that they would like to showcase their research results to the rest of the audience. For that they prepared a poster presentation with all the important information they wanted to share.

Tuesday, 8th of October

The Tuesday morning started again with three different keynotes. First prof. dr. Jean Rhodes took the stage again and did a follow-up of her keynote on the previous day.
Next up was dr. Joan Becker with her keynote about innovative and inclusive mentoring. She leads a course focused on teaching students to develop a network of mentors to support their academic and career success and shared her insights with us.
Prof. dr. Renée Spencer was the last keynote of the day. She talked about mentoring in the real world and how social ecologies influence mentor-youth relationships. As a solution, she suggests a new model called “Youth Initiated Mentoring”, where mentees can pick their own mentors within their closest relationships.
After the keynotes we again reflected on the recently heard. During the breakout session we again discussed how we can implement the information of the keynotes into our own practice.
During the thematic sessions on Tuesday, the following topics were discussed: Youth initiated mentoring in the Netherlands and the US, Natural mentoring, an educational model at the University of Massachusetts, Building a European collaboration to exchange and innovate in mentoring and Quality system in mentoring.
The last programme point before the closing was the panel discussion. During the discussion questions from the audience were discussed. These questions have been collected throughout the two days.