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(Nov. 15, 2012) -- The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives will host the San Antonio Mentoring Forum’s Mentoring Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The 2013 Mentoring Summit will bring together professionals and advocates from across the state to discuss best practices, raise awareness of mentoring, and foster a community of mentors for youths and college students.

Guest speakers will include Michael J. Karcher, professor of counseling in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, and Victor B. Saenz, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. As part of National Mentoring Month, the conference will include an awards luncheon to recognize outstanding mentors.

The San Antonio Mentoring Forum is a UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives program that is an informal organization for mentoring organizations and mentoring advocates. It is a place where local groups such as Communities in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, school districts, faith-based organizations, businesses and other mentoring advocates come together to share mentoring information, promote mentoring awareness and foster collaboration in the mentoring community. The forum is a UTSA mentoring initiative and focuses on one-to-one mentoring for youths in Bexar County.

Summit registration is $75; register and view the conference program at the San Antonio Mentoring Forum website. To learn more, email Belinda Saldana.

 

 

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