European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring organizes in collaboration with national and regional mentoring partners a Mentoring Meet & Match in Brussels, on 11 / 12 April 2017. It is the first time that such an event takes place for mentoring organizations and decision makers from all over Europe, in order to advocate for the multi-sectoral effects of mentoring and seek the multi-sectoral support on a European level.
Goal of this event is twofold: on the one hand to connect to representatives of EU decision and policy making and talk about the current focus in terms of European challenges and Europe2020 strategy. On the other hand, the event unites organizations from different regions, sectors and backgrounds in order to plead for a place of mentoring on EU agendas.
This ‘Mentoring Meet and Match’ event offers the opportunity to show the effect of mentoring for future’s youth in Europe, and at the same time to discuss critical issues facing Europe’s young people. The event therefore contributes to the expansion of quality mentoring opportunities in each country in Europe.
Topics of the day:
– European focus on youth development and integration of migrants;
– Place of mentoring in national and European agendas, shared by national and European representatives;
– Impact of mentoring as shown by research;
– Europe2020: what can we learn from its focus and how can we connect?
– Multi-sectoral approach of mentoring and the relation to European priorities.
Participating delegates of the Mentoring Meet & Match are:
– mentoring programme practitioners
– representatives of local / regional / national government
– heads of social foundations
– European policy- and decision makers
Programme 11th April
10:30 Registration, Neth-ER office, 22, Rue d’Arlon, Brussels
11:00 Opening of the Meet & Match by chairman Dr. Marc Coenders
11:10 Keynote by representative of the European Commission: Europe2020 strategy and the role of mentoring.
11:40 World Café on the topic of mentoring and national / European priorities
12:30 lunch break and networking moment
13:20 Two best practices of a national mentoring campaign:
– ms. Julia Schermann, programme leader of the national “Aktion Zusammen Wachsen” mentoring campaing of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs,Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany and mr Florian Stenzel, Netzwerk Berliner Kinderpatenschaften
– ms Emma Scott, head of the Diana Award Mentoring Campaign and delivery partner of the Government Mentoring Fund, and ms Eleanor Cooper, mentoring project manager, UK
14:00 Summary of the morning discussion and general conclusions by chairman Dr Marc Coenders
14:15 Panel discussion with members of the European Commission, Directorate-General for
Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) and Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL)
15:00 Thematic sessions in subgroups:
– Mentoring and reseach: the evidence
– Mentoring and European collaboration
– Mentoring in a vital region: best practices
16:00 Summary of the sessions and closing
Chairman of the day is Dr. Marc Coenders, professor of Agile Crafsmanship of NHL University of Applied Sciences and European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring.