News & Events

Farewell from April Riordan, Director of Training & Community Partnerships

November 1, 2012

It is with mixed emotions that I announce my departure from the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota.  I will miss the smart, passionate and fun people I’ve had the pleasure of working with for six and a half years but am excited about the new opportunity ahead. Some of the...

Conference is Just Two Clicks Away – Register for Live Streaming!

September 24, 2012

Can’t make it to the Twin Cities to participate in the 2012 Minnesota Mentoring Conference in person this year?  How about joining us online? For the first time, MPM is offering a “live streaming” option for the conference.  Register for this option and you can view and listen to our...

Creating the Win-Win

September 17, 2012

Our guest blogger is Courtney KcKeown, National Partnership Specialist for iMentor. McKeown will be co-presenting the workshop “Creating the Win-Win: Offering Students Better Services Through Join Programming” at the 13th annual Minnesota Mentoring Conference on October 15th. Acceptance letters are piling up for College Possible senior, Maleni.  Her mentor,...

Inclusive Mentoring – A National Perspective

September 7, 2012

Our guest blogger is Kaela Vronsky, Mentoring and National Center Director for Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD). Vronksy will be presenting the workshop "Inclusive Mentoring - A National Perspective" at the 13th annual Minnesota Mentoring Conference on October 15th.

What’s All the Buzz About?

August 15, 2012

Registration for the 2012 Minnesota Mentoring Conference is open and people are signing up every day, taking advantage of the early bird discount available until Sept. 14.   We are hearing lots of buzz about this year’s collective impact theme, our lineup of dynamic national keynote speakers and special...

The Social Movement Needed in Minnesota to Close the Achievement Gap

June 4, 2012

The P-20 education partnership roundtable in Minnesota convenes state leaders representing early learning (the “P”), through graduate and professional schools (the “20”). The stated goal of P-20 councils around the country is to develop a seamless system of education with aligned expectations from the earliest years of a child’s...

Pittman, DuBois & Shapiro: A Hat Trick for MPM

May 17, 2012

A hat-trick or hat trick in sport is the achievement of a positive feat three times during a game, or other achievements based on threes. For MPM, I think it’s the achievement of getting these three leaders together for one conference, the Minnesota Mentoring Conference on October 15.  This year’s theme is Boosting Collective Action to...

The Role of Mentors in Keeping Kids Safe

December 1, 2011

The child abuse tragedy uncovered at Penn State has been a big focus of attention in the mentoring world.  Aspects of it have been addressed in posts on mentoring blogs, debated in exchanges on mentoring list serves, and served as the topic of many conversations in our office.  While much...

Red Light, Green Light

October 31, 2011

Evidence-based practice (EBP) entails making decisions by integrating the best available evidence.  Dr. Renée Spencer and Dr. Jean Rhodes both mentioned EBP during their keynote addresses at last week’s Minnesota Mentoring Conference and EBP is also the topic of our Quality in Action webinar this Wednesday. Traffic lights were invented with...

A Reflection: Dr. Peter Benson

October 12, 2011

It almost seems cliché to call Peter Benson, President of Search Institute, a luminary. But it is the image that kept coming to mind upon hearing of his recent death.  Luminaries are people of prominence and brilliant achievement, and Peter certainly fit that definition.  But I think his life...