Community Coffee Hour

MENTOR Virginia will virtually host Community Coffee Hour every 2nd Wednesday of the month with mentoring program staff to create space for peer-to-peer learning and resource sharing, and to address issues you and your organization might be facing during the pandemic and beyond. We hope to see you at an upcoming Community Coffee Hour!

Upcoming Community Coffee Hours

  • July 14, 2021 from 9 – 10 am: Tools & Best Practices for Measuring Program Outcomes | Register here
  • August 11, 2021 from 9 – 10 am: Critical Topics in Grant Writing & Fundraising: Using Asset-Based Language and Having Difficult Conversations with Funders | Register here

Past Community Coffee Hours

May 2021: Virtual, In-Person, or Hybrid? Choosing a Program Model for Summer/Fall 2021

Considerations for Virtual, In-Person, and Hybrid Mentoring

The resource above, which was developed based on the questions/concerns of over 15 programs, provides guiding questions and considerations to help mentoring programs plan for upcoming programming in virtual, in-person, and hybrid contexts.


April 2021: Strategies for Building Targeted Mentor Recruitment Pipelines featuring Rameka Blakey

Session Recording | PowerPoint Slides

Rameka Blakey, an expert in targeted mentor recruitment with more than 25 years of experience in the mentoring field, shares research-based strategies for building mentor recruitment pipelines for targeted populations including:

  • Black male mentors
  • Other mentors of color
  • Mentors who can support LGBTQ youth
  • Mentors who can support foster youth
  • Mentors who can support immigrant youth
  • Mentors from rural communities


March 2021: Innovative Strategies for Ongoing Mentor Training + Support

Session Recording

Leslie Velez shares how Henrico HEROES has been providing ongoing training and support to their mentors through monthly training videos on topics like resiliency paired with follow-up conversations, allowing for sustained connections and learning even in a time of social distancing. Andy Miller shares how BEST Kids provides ongoing training and support to their mentors through a variety of strategies, including Solidarity Sessions that the program hosted last summer to help mentors have a space to talk about race and learn how to exemplify solidarity with their mentees.

February 2021: Empowering Youth Voice & Leadership

Session Recording

Tricia Howell and Yvonnia Bryant share C4K’s strategies for leveraging youth voice in their mentoring program and how focusing on youth voice has positively impacted and contributed to asset-building for youth in the program.

Lerone Joseph shares about how the Mayor’s Youth Academy built and launched a youth council, how they have supported youth activism and civic engagement through the youth council, and how these efforts have positively impacted youth asset-building.

Ashley Short and Vaughn Garland share about how Art 180 has formed partnerships with community groups and individuals in service of providing asset-building arts opportunities to young people. They also discuss the role of art in empowering youth voice and expression.


January 2021: Strategies for Family Engagement

PowerPoint Slides + Resources for Family Engagement

The MENTOR Virginia team discussed strategies for engaging and building trusting relationships with families, both in virtual and in-person settings. Engaging families successfully in your program is an important part of helping each youth benefit as much as possible from your program.