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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, from Seed the Way, LLC as the keynote presenter, along with Francis Manga (AALV), Mellisa Cain (ONE Youth Center and 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.

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2019 Workshop Leaders:

Amber Leventry, Writer, Advocate, Speaker “I’m a nonbinary queer writer, advocate, and parent. I use they/them pronouns. My jam is speaking to students, teachers, coaches, employers, employees and anyone who will listen to all things queer. I provide a variety of teaching sessions that will break down the stigma and confusion around LGBTQ and gender identity topics. I  have worked with schools to make curriculum LGBTQ inclusive and affirming, have been on panels guiding adults to raise kids with healthy relationships with gender, and have taught workshops to help people become better allies.”

Wayne Miller, Founder Living Proof Mentoring Wayne is the founder of Living Proof Mentoring, a program specifically for people of color (POC). Through a collaboration with the DREAM mentoring program, Living Proof will pair adult POC with young POC in an effort to provide support, education, and networking opportunities through shared lived experiences. He is also a licensed addiction recovery provider. He identifies as a person in long-term recovery from addiction who has dedicated his career to assisting others in forging a path to recovery. Part of this work has also included developing mentorship programs to partner people in long-term recovery with at-risk youth.



08:00 – 08:50                 Check-In

08:50 – 09:00                 Welcome to NDI

09:00 – 10:00                  Keynote Speaker

10:05 – 11:05                    Concurrent Workshop #1

11:10 – 12:10                     Concurrent Workshop #2

12:15 – 12:45                    Workshops Wrap Up

12:45 – 13:30                    Lunch with Mentees

13:30 – 15:30                   Afternoon Camp Games


08:00 – 08:50                Check-In

08:50 – 09:00                 Mentees' Welcome to NDI

09:00 – 09:30                 Icebreaker Activities

09:30 – 10:30                  Activity Rotation #1

10:30 – 10:45                   Snack

10:45 – 11:45                    Activity Rotation #2

11:45 – 12:45                    Activity Rotation #3

12:45 – 13:30                    Lunch with Mentors

13:30 – 15:30                   Afternoon Camp Games