Northfield to host state mentoring conference

Nationally recognized youth mentoring author and researcher to visit Northfield 

Dr. David DuBois, one of the country’s leading authors and researchers in the mentoring field, will address more than 100 youth mentoring professionals during the seventh annual Statewide Mentoring Conference in Northfield. 

Dr. DuBois will share valuable research and recommendations for sustaining the mentoring movement through practice and evaluation at the Carleton College Sayles-Hill Campus Center on Monday, October 16.

Community members can register for the conference by visiting the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota website.

The conference theme, Roads to Success, reflects the many ways in which mentor programs successfully serve youth through positive adult mentoring relationships.  The mentoring conference offers mentor program providers, funders and community supporters a dynamic environment to explore innovative solutions to the challenges of serving the next generation of youth through mentoring.  Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing will kick off the conference with a welcome, followed by Dr. David Dubois’ keynote address and morning and afternoon workshops.

Roads to Success is presented by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota in collaboration with the Northfield Mentoring Coalition and Carleton College’s Acting in the Community Together (ACT) Center.  The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota is a statewide organization that supports Minnesota’s mentoring programs through recruitment, training, marketing and technical assistance. The Northfield Mentoring Coalition connects Northfield area youth with caring adult mentors and is comprised of representatives from six local mentoring agencies, as well as other mentoring advocates in the community. 

The 2006 conference is generously sponsored by Carleton College’s ACT Center, Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Federated Insurance, IWCO Direct, Target Corporation, Carlson Companies, IBM, Emerson Process Management, Ceridian, Select Comfort, 3M, Northland Foundation, Lifetouch, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Medica, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and General Mills. 

Partners in the Northfield Mentoring Coalition include: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota, Building on Promise, Connected Kids, Mother-Daughter Program, Northfield Union of Youth’s Main Street Mentors, Project Friendship, Carleton College Acting in the Community Together (ACT), Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division, Tackling Obstacles & Raising College Hopes (TORCH), Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, and the Rice County Family Services Collaborative.

Zach Pruitt is Coordinator of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and a member of the Northfield Mentoring Coalition.