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
2065 Warwick Avenue, Unit 1, Warwick, RI 02889

One-Day Coordinator’s Training

Cost: $75
Thursday, March 7, 2019
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!

Midwinter’s Night Dream – Fun Night: Trivia Night

Cost: TBD
Day & Time in February TBD
Join the members of the MENTOR Rhode Island team for a night of fun.  We’re still working out the details but we know whatever we choose to do, we’ll have a good time together with our friends in the mentoring movement.  It may be a trip to a trivia night, or maybe we break out some board games here in the office, the possibilities abound.

It’s All About Relationships: Fostering Engagement & Creating Community

Cost: Free
Thursday, February 14, 2019
At MENTOR Rhode Island we like to say that mentoring is all about relationships, but in order to build strong relationships with anyone, you need to have the right tools.  Join MENTOR Rhode Island’s Director of Partner Engagement Christopher Margadonna for the “It’s All About Relationships” Workshop on Thursday, February 14th from 9am-11am.  Christopher is our Swiss Army Knife for building relationships for our organization.  From great ways to break the ice to active listening, Christopher will share the tools of the trade for building stronger relationships within mentoring pairs and in general with the people in your life.  Christopher has presented this workshop at the National Mentoring Summit to rave reviews and now you have a chance to experience it first-hand.  Plus, it’s on Valentine’s Day, a day about the special relationship in your life, so why not use what you learn to impress your significant other or mentors and mentees in your program.

The Identity Room: Advocating for Your Mentee

Cost: Free
Friday, March 1, 2019
Join youth leaders from Youth In Action as they facilitate a workshop that explores the topics of identity and social location using curated images that spark conversations and connectionS.  Identity is who we are and social location is where we are located in society based on factors such as race, religion, income, education, etc. As adult allies and mentors navigate their relationship and place in their mentee’s life their knowledge of identity and social location may play a special role in how they connect. Mentees and other youth in our lives will benefit from well-informed adults who can help them tackle these bigger themes.


Cost: Free
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Join Elda Dawber as she explores the issues of sexuality and gender identity your mentees may be facing. Key to providing competent services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth is knowledge of their needs and experiences as they challenge the male/female binary and explore gender fluidity. These youngsters must negotiate gender identity and gender expression issues internally, as well as within their own families, schools, faith communities, group, foster care, child welfare, court systems, and society at large. In this workshop, we will explore LGBTQQ-inclusive concepts and terminology, designed to assist you in your mentoring of youngsters who identify as gender-fluid.