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As the only national convening of youth mentoring practitioners, researchers, philanthropic partners and leaders, the National Mentoring Summit provides attendees with an opportunity to engage in skill building, peer learning, advocacy and networking. Every year since the Summit’s founding, MENTOR has received requests from mentoring practitioners who want to attend and learn to improve their program quality, deepen their impact and scale their efforts but who, given their organization’s limited budget, require financial assistance.
In response to these requests and with the generous founding support of AT MENTOR launched the Summit Fellowship Program in 2016 to provide scholarships to nine leaders from mentoring programs with limited resources. As many in the mentoring field know, this type of work requires unyielding passion and a selfless commitment to others, but unfortunately, on far too many occasions due to financial constraints, does not provide access to professional development opportunities. That is why this year we are thrilled to be able to increase the Fellows cohort and offer 15 Fellowships to mentoring practitioners across the country! This is made possible by the generous Fellows sponsors: Presenting Sponsor AT and Supporters: JPMorgan Chase Co., Doug Chamberlain, Lori and John Grayson, and Angus Worthing and Margaret Taylor.
Summit Fellows are selected based on their leadership potential and experience,
eagerness to build their professional skills and networks, demonstrated financial need, and personal commitment to helping young people succeed. The 2018 Fellows represent a diverse group of dedicated practitioners whose mentoring programs are committed to quality and continuously innovating to make a greater impact on young people in their communities. Read about them below, and, if you are attending the Summit in January, make sure to say hello!
2018 Summit FellowsCrystal is the Director of Youth Services of Kittitas County Mentor Program located in the small community where she was born and raised. Youth Services Mentoring Program envisions a community in which every youth experiences nurturing one to one relationships and community support, which in turn allows each of them to develop into their full potential, capable of making informed, responsible decisions as involved members of our community. Crystal brings passion that comes from her own magnificent adversity to the table, and feels it is her life’s work to ensure mentoring programs are sustained in the community. She craves constant learning and finds that running a mentor program fills her up. She has three children who have been her greatest teachers in life, and loves them with all her heart.
Lana joined Women’s Mentoring Network as Executive Director in January 2015. Prior to this appointment, she served as Board President for the organization. Women’s Mentoring Network empowers low income women to find better employment and educational opportunities. Lana earned her MBA in Management from Fordham’s Graduate School The Gabelli School of Business. degree from Fordham University’s undergraduate School of Business in International Finance, International Marketing and French. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Women’s Mentoring Network, Lana worked at various investment banking institutions and was an accomplished corporate loan portfolio manager and manager of corporate loan closings. Lana’s prior volunteer experience includes serving on the Steering Committee of the women’s group at an investment bank. She experienced first hand the type of hardship shared by many youth today. Recalling the impact of mentors in her own life who helped her overcome difficult times, she implemented a program that fosters the same kind of support she received. She started All THAT in 2009 with the goal of helping high school teens graduate and develop the life and social skills needed to succeed. As a result of her passion and hard work on behalf of Ohio youth, she received the 2009 Pinwheels for Prevention Award from Franklin County Children’s Services. Since then she has served underserved communities primarily through her work with Girls Rising, which offers mentoring services to girls who want and need a mentor. She also volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego and has been matched with her Little Sister for over seven years. She is also a graduate student,
currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program at San Diego State University.