MENTOR’s National Mentoring Summit convened from January 26 – 28, and Community for Youth’s very own staff members teamed up with The Alchemy Project to present on virtual programming, career-connected learning, and CfY’s awesome partnership with TAP! 

Today’s youth are faced with a dynamic environment and unprecedented challenges, including the rise of the social media influencer, the COVID-19 pandemic, and continuous changes in the skill sets needed for college and career readiness. CfY and TAP took to the “virtual stage” to talk to over 90 attendees about addressing these environmental changes through the development, implementation, and scaling of hybrid programming, with an emphasis on career-connected learning at the center of the critical mentoring model.

Clockwise from top left: Stephen Song, Yleana Benitez, Virgilia Pruthi, and Tally Teodosio

Presenting on behalf of CfY and TAP were:

  • Stephen Song, Executive Director, CfY
  • Yleana Benitez, Program Manager, CfY
  • Tally Teodosio, Program Coordinator, CfY
  • Virgilia Pruthi, The Alchemy Project

Following their presentation, CfY and TAP engaged in a productive Q&A session to guide attendees in implementing elements of CfY programming at their own organizations. Audience members left words of encouragement and positive feedback. 

One attendee noted the adaptability of CfY program staff members in a rapidly-changing social media landscape, citing a particular takeaway: 

“Tik Tok works! Young voices and ideas matter. We have to lay the foundation for them to take us to the next generation.”

Youth mentoring is a continuous learning process, and the CfY Team loved sharing what we’ve learned with the national mentoring community! As we tackle an exciting new year of programming, we look forward to learning even more from our students as we elevate their voices and empower them to achieve their full potential.

CfY and TAP are reaching new heights this year when it comes to career connected learning! Sign up for our monthly newsletter for updates and ways to get involved:

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