NSU Presents Session at 2017 National Mentoring Summit

This February, the 2017 National Mentoring Summit was convened by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership in Washington D.C., and hosted panels and workshops that discussed key topics in the mentoring field. One session of particular importance, “Positive Practices in Mentoring Native Youth,” was hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Native Services Unit (NSU) and discussed mentoring in Native Lands. Carla Knapp, National Director of Native Services, along with Directors of Organizational Development Tim Reiplinger, Anna Calkins, and Kelly Concho-Hayes served as presenters for this interactive session.

The session gave participants an overview of BGCA’s Native Mentoring Program, shared Native Adaptations of BGCA programs, best practices, and lessons learned while mentoring Native youth. Panelists included Boys & Girls Clubs of Rosebud Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Glen Marshall, Boys & Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles CEO Heather Peterson, Boys & Girls Club of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation CEO Nathan Hale, and Pueblo of Pojoaque Boys & Girls Club CEO Andrea Garcia. Each of these leaders shared their mentoring experiences and best practices at their respective Clubs, and how each experience positively impacted their mentees and mentors. Several best practices surrounding mentor recruitment, sustainability, and cultural relevancy were discussed during the panel and open Q&A.

Also in attendance for this workshop were Jim Antal of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Wilbur Woods of Indian Health Service (IHS), and Calvin Dawson of the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS). Overall, this session of the 2017 National Mentoring Summit was well received and provided excellent information for attendees both familiar and unfamiliar with mentoring Native youth.