Navigating Diverse Identities

NDI Mentorship Conference | May 11th, 2019

YWCA Vermont is proud to partner with Milton Community Youth Coalition (MCYC) to host an annual training opportunity at Camp Hochelaga for Vermont mentors and mentees. Active and continuous engagement will be facilitated among the Chittenden & Grand Isle County mentor/mentee population and other stakeholders, allowing members of the community to learn from one another and grow together to support and empower youth.

In Spring 2018 we hosted the inaugural event, beginning with a half day training for area mentors on how to best support queer and trans* youth and youth of color. Joining the conference, Rebecca Haslam, fromĀ Seed the Way, LLC as the keynote presenter, along with Francis Manga (AALV), Mellisa Cain (ONE Youth Center andĀ Learning through Laughter), and Amanda Rohdenburg (Outright Vermont) as the workshop facilitators provided an engaging and thought provoking training for all attendees. We are thankful for their support in helping to achieve the goals and purpose of this event.

2019 promises to be an exciting follow-up to our inaugural event and will continue to strive to provide safe, open and authentic training and activities for mentors and mentees to build and maintain trusting and supportive relationships. Thoughtful education around supporting queer and trans* mentees and mentees of color, while gaining access to resources to promote diversity and inclusion, personal growth and well-being. Organizers and presenters will use an intersectional approach to discuss mentoring and social justice education.