Training & Workshops

Training & Workshop Schedule

MENTORS: Training or Workshop Titles in BLUE are appropriate for you to attend.

All Trainings will be held at (unless otherwise noted):

The Feinstein Mentor Training Institute
3296 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886

FREE Workshop:
Understanding Challenging Behaviors in Mentees

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017   NEW DATE: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
Join MENTOR Rhode Island’s Program Support Specialist, Jay Campagnone, M.Ed. and examine the nature of challenging behaviors in children and adolescents. The workshop emphasizes understanding why we believe these behaviors are “challenging,” why we behave as we do, and how we could intervene if the behaviors exhibited are causing distress and/or not achieving their ultimate goals.

Elements of Effective Practice 4th Edition Training Series

COST: Attend all three trainings for just $25

Refresh your knowledge or learn for the first time, about the most recently updated best practices from MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.  This series packs a two-for:  while you are learning about best practices, move up in the ranks of the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS), MENTOR’s innovation and improvement model for Mentoring programs. We encourage you to attend all three and jump-start your program with the NQMS process!


Recruitment with MENTOR Rhode Island’s Recruitment Specialist, Christopher Margadonna
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Training with MENTOR Rhode Island’s Senior Director of Training, Susan Thomas
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Screening with MENTOR Rhode Island’s Program Support Specialist, Jay Campagnone, M.Ed.
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

One-Day Coordinator’s Training

Cost: $75
Thursday, November 9th, 2017
This is a full-day interactive training designed to help:
• New program coordinators get a viable youth mentoring program up and running.
• Professionals returning to the mentoring field and agency directors who are considering offering a mentoring program through their school or agency.
• Existing coordinators who want to revamp their current programs.

Using the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (EEPM), the industry’s nationally accepted best practices, MENTOR Rhode Island’s training staff will take participants through the processes needed to recruit mentors, achieve community buy-in, screen and train mentors, match volunteers and youth in meaningful and fulfilling mentoring relationships, and discuss issues facing youth today.
Attendees receive a copy of the “How to Organize a Community Mentoring Program” training manual which includes all the lessons covered during the training. In addition, they will receive a “Mentor Training” manual as well as access to various forms and samples that can be tailored to individual mentoring programs. It also is the first step to the Assessment & Improvement process called, National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) AND this training gives participants a chance to network with each other!

FREE Workshop: How to Get Over the Initial Hurdle of Bonding With Your Mentee

Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Join MENTOR Rhode Island’s Senior Director of Training, Susan Thomas, as she leads a discussion with a group of experienced mentors about what it is like to build a bond with a mentee.  Developing a rapport is often the first hurdle mentors face when they enter into a mentoring relationship.  This session will explore some of the ways to get over the hurdle, emphasize the time and effort it may take to create a bond with a mentee, and show some examples of what a successful mentoring relationship might look like on the other side of the hurdle.