Mentor Learning Day

May 21st & 22nd, 2019

As partners of the AMP we invite you to save the date and fill in this registration form to save a space for this event. Registration will be capped at 125 for this event. We video recorded the content from last year’s Learning Day on our page which you can view below this form. We are working hard to keep registration costs FREE for AMP partners, however you will be responsible for your own transportation and hotel.

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We have our 4 bedroom apartments available during this time at Mount Royal University. These are single occupancy rooms with single beds - 2 full bathrooms, a full kitchen and living room. They go for $59.95 per night but we can offer you a 10% discount so it would come to $53.96 per night per bedroom.

Booking Your Room:

Please download the Mount Royal Guest Accommodation Brochure and the Mount Royal Information Sheet for Learning Day Attendees for information on how to book your accommodations.

Keynote Speakers:

Space is limited so pre-register for AMP Learning Day 2019! This event will be the best professional development for youth mentoring professionals, practitioners, board members, funders and staff in western North America this year. We are excited to share with you a sneak preview about our two keynotes who will be leading workshops and discussions on the first day (May 21st, 2019):

Torie Weiston-Serdan: Critical Mentoring

In partnership with the Youth Mentoring Action Network and Torie Weiston-Serdan: Critical Mentoring:

Director of Programs Adan Chavez will expand on the topic of Critical Mentoring or the engaged process of upending traditional notions of mentoring to serve marginalized and minoritized youth such as black, Latinx, victims of trauma and LGBTQ+ students. By relaxing the hierarchical structure of one -to- one mentoring relationships and focusing on the contexts today’s youth exist in, mentors and organizations can be better suited to serve today’s young people. The presentation will include concrete examples of what Critical Mentoring looks like and the way young people are empowered by these practices. These examples will come from personal and organizational experience as well as evidence based sources. The presentation will include with self-examination activities which can be replicated to increase institutional awareness of minoritized communities.

Adan Chavez serves as the Youth Mentoring Action Network’s Program Manager. ’The Network’, founded by Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan is a non-profit organization that has served over 600 youth though it’s critical mentoring approach. As Program manager Adan oversees the various programs and events hosted by YMAN including the annual College Application Bootcamp, Digital Dreamers Academy, and the newly initiated Organize the Inland Empire cohort. In addition to overseeing these ongoing programs, Adan is a Technical Training Assistance provider; traveling to community nonprofits, mentoring task forces, schools, etc. conducting trainings related to effective practices for supporting LGBTQ+ youth, Critical Mentoring, and Mentoring 101. As a protege of Dr. Torie Weiston- Serdan and product of ‘The Network’, Adan is uniquely situated to speak on the ‘real-life’ effects of a critical mentoring relationship as elaborated in Critical Mentoring: a Practical Guide.Using focus areas such as youth centrism, activism, and critical race theory, Adan works to give organizations the tools to empower youth of diverse social, ethnic, and gendered backgrounds. Adan is also a 4th year Public Policy student from the University of California Riverside’s School of Public Policy.

Video Preview:

Elder and educator Kerrie Moore

In Partnership with the Alberta Family Wellness Institute: Building Relationships and Building Brains

Elder and educator Kerrie Moore will be speaking about the brain and inter-generational trauma. The presentation will include: the effects of toxic stress and how it can lead to trauma; how epigenetics plays a role in inter-generational trauma; what is survivor brain and how do you help to heal the emotional brain; how to create safety; how to heal trauma through a cultural model; why culture identity is important for resilience; and the importance of spirituality in healing trauma.

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By attending Learning Day 2019, you'll have a chance to rub shoulders with the leading mentoring program practitioners, funders, researchers, thought leaders, and volunteers. Whether you are a school or community-based mentoring program, presentations and content will provide you with direct, tangible, resources, tools, and practices that you can take home and apply within your own mentoring program. Come prepared to participate. Presentations will be interactive and participants are expected to share their own lessons, challenges, and best thinking.

Agenda (Day 1 - Tuesday, May 21):

Jenkins Theatre, Mount Royal University, Calgary Alberta
(Morning/PM Coffee service and lunch included courtesy of AMP)

10 AM

Welcome and opening remarks:

10:30 AM

Keynote: Kerrie Moore

12:30 AM

Sandwich and Salad lunch

1:00 PM

Keynote: Adan Chavez

4:00 PM

Open Plenary Debrief and Discussion

5:00 PM

Dinner, networking and discussion (provided by the AMP)

6:00 PM

Optional social mix and mingle at GretaBar for half price arcade games

Breakout Locations - May 22nd, 2019


9:00 AM:

  • Jenkins Theatre: Program Design, Research and Evaluation. Kat Main, Director of Evaluation and Research, Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary.
  • Room EC1145: My sense of giving back to the community: Lessons in supporting newcomer youth through peer mentoring Dixie Taylor and Emilie Bassi, Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth


  • Jenkins Theatre: Intergenerational Mentoring: How to adapt your mentoring program for new program demographics, Tracy Lockhart, Linking Generations & Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton
  • Room EC1145: LGBTQ2S+ Youth Facing Barriers-PRISM program” by Scott Grace, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary & Area for Youth


  • Jenkins Theatre: Covenant House MentorshipPrograms: Supporting youth in their-transition from homelessness, Ashley Mayers and Lisa Mendes
  • Room EC1145: Mentoring Makes Sense: The magnitude of the “gift of time” in the treatment of the Forensic Adolescent,Mary Lee Block Recreation Therapist Forensic Adolescent Program, Alberta Health Services


  • Jenkins Theatre: Improving Service to Boys: What’s working and What’s not when it comes to Male Mentoring. Dr. Phil Sevigny, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
  • Room EC1145: Effective Evaluation from an Indigenous Lens, Katelyn Lucas,Executive Director, Elisabeth FrySociety


  • Jenkins Theatre: Measuring Social Emotional Competencies of Children Engaged in Mentoring Programs” by Gina Luvsandugar, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary & Area
  • Room EC1145: “Tracking Digital Success in Fundraising and Volunteer Recruitment” by Corey Dodge, Alberta Mentoring Partnership

We guarantee it will be a jam-packed day full of learning, but for those of you coming from out of town, we will have you on the road home by 4:00PM.



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Scott Grace, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary & Area

As a passionate advocate for people within the LGBTQ2S+ community, Scott Grace, (He/Him) relies on a wealth of academic, professional and personal life experiences to be of tremendous value and representation for friends, colleagues and clients. Growing up in northern Alberta, Scott experienced multiple forms of homophobia and has an understanding of the experiences of those who have lived in a rural setting. These experiences guided Scott into the field of social work, and more specifically defined his path to become an advocate for youth in the LGBTQ2S+ community. As a registered Social Worker with years of experience in non-profit, mental health and management, Scott welcomed the position of Program Coordinator for the PRISM program at Big Brother Big Sisters of Calgary and Area in September of 2018. Within his role at the agency, Scott is responsible for recruitment, interviewing, training, matching and monitoring all volunteers and clients who apply to the PRISM program. • 403.978.9292

Gina Luvsandugar, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary

Gina Luvsandugar is an Evaluations Specialist with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area. Her work is focused on building agency evaluation capacity and supporting the evaluation of mentoring programs for positive youth development. Gina has over 10 years of experience working in the fields of health, public policy development and evaluation. She holds Master's degree in Public Health from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan. 

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Tracy Lockhart, Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters

Tracy Lockhart has been with the Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for the last 15 years in a variety of front line and management capacities. Most recently, this involved managing rural satellite communities, where innovative mentoring options were needed in the face of declining adult volunteers applying. One of these options was looking the benefits of building relationships between elementary students and seniors in a local senior’s residence.

Additionally, Tracy has been a member of the Board of Directors for a Sherwood Park Linking Generations program for the last two years. She will share combined knowledge of experience from both these worlds in this presentation, and looks forward to learning from the conversations that this will spark.

Dixie Taylor & Emilie Bassi, Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth

Dixie joined the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth in 2013. Her combined passion to make a difference in her community and work alongside newcomer youth allows her to be a connected and well-suited Manager for the Mentorship Program. Her time working in-field has given her the ability to advocate for immigrant youth within the City of Calgary, always striving to provide opportunities that will enable youth to flourish into the leaders of tomorrow.

Emilie is the Research and Evaluation Coordinator for the Mentorship Program at the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. She holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sociology from the University of Alberta and works as a part-time Research Assistant on various projects for the Centre for Community Disaster Research at Mount Royal University. Emilie is passionate about qualitative research methods, making research approachable for youth, and sharing the human story behind research findings.

Mary Lee Block, Recreation Therapist ll Forensic Adolescent Program

The Forensic Adolescent Program is an Alberta Health Services program for adolescent youth who are involved in the legal system and have a mental health diagnosis. A team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses and Recreation Therapists provide assessment and treatment with an aim to reduce the risk of recidivism in this population. The FAP Recreation Therapy Service works with clients to decrease mental, emotional, cognitive and social limitations impacting their ability to engage freely in leisure and to maintain a healthy and balanced leisure lifestyle. This service is delivered largely through a formal mentorship program where trained and supported volunteers from the community offer their companionship and skills in assisting youth clients to discover themselves and the healthy recreational opportunities around them.

Mary Lee Block, Recreation Therapist ll, Forensic Adolescent Program Mary Lee holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta, in Recreation Administration and 40 years of experience in both public and private facilities in Calgary and abroad. Her career has been heavy weighted on the needs of adolescents with disabilities, illnesses and social conditions that limit their participation in the normative structure of society. She was the first Recreation Therapist to work in the FAP program and after 20 years still proudly refers to it as “work in progress”. Mary Lee believes that mentorship is the answer to the lion’s share of questions when referring to the young clients of FAP.

Forensic Adolescent Program

Lisa Mendes, Covenant House Vancouver & Ashley Mayers, Covenant House Toronto

Lisa Mendes is the Mentorship Coordinator for Covenant House Vancouver for the past 4 years, where she was hired to develop a Mentorship Program to help young adults’ transition from homelessness. A graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Child Studies Program at Mount Royal University in Calgary Alberta, Lisa started her career with the City of Calgary working front line with at-risk youth in recreation programs in some of the city’s most challenging areas. She has worked and lived in Central America, South Korea, Brazil and now currently resides in Vancouver BC. With 18 years of experience working with children, young parents, immigrant and refugee youth and street-entrenched young adults in various programs in the community where she has developed into a diverse and passionate person. Being a believer in maintaining work life balance, Lisa makes sure to maintain the activities she enjoys like yoga, dance, hiking and participating in community events; while spending quality time with her husband and son taking advantage of all the outdoor activities that Vancouver has to offer.

Ashley Mayers is current the Mentor Coordinator at Covenant House Toronto. Before taking on this role she worked as a Youth Worker in our Crisis Shelter for 4 years focusing on case management for homeless youth.

She is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts program at Brock University; with a major in Sociology. She also earned a diploma in Child and Youth Work from Centennial College.

Ashley has 16 years of experience working with in various programs focusing on dually diagnosed children in treatment homes, youth with acquired brain injuries and youth aging out of foster care. She has gained many skills which shaped her into becoming therapeutic and compassionate worker she is today.

Ashley is the single mother of a 5 year old daughter living with autism. When she doesn’t have her hands full with work and home life Ashley enjoys reading, outdoor activities, and watching Marvel Movies.

AMP- Learning days 2019- How Mentorship is helping youth Transition from Homelessness

Kat Main, Director of Evaluation and Research, Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary

Kat Main is the Director of Evaluation and Research with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary. Prior to BGCC, Kat was an independent consultant specializing in program design for non-profit organizations in Alberta. Her background includes teaching psychology, management in the non-profit sector, research and writing. As an author, Kat has published both fiction and non-fiction and been shortlisted for the CBC Canada Writes Nonfiction Prize. Kat blends her experience of education, leadership, research and writing to support BGCC in program design, evaluation, and quality improvement of services. Kat is passionate about the power of relationships to help kids discover who they are, develop abilities to shape their own lives, and dream big futures for themselves.

Phillip Sevigny, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta

Phillip Sevigny is a clinical psychologist and former social worker with over 20 years of academic and applied experience working with fathers, children and families in a variety of contexts. His research interests have focused mainly on the changing role of men within the family and on understanding factors that promote positive father involvement. He has studied fathers’ parenting self-efficacy, and supporting the transition to fathering. He is also interested in the interplay between masculine ideologies, parenting beliefs and parenting behaviours. He also has substantial experience working with community based interdisciplinary teams. His is currently working on a federally funded project focussing on supporting a local non-profit social service organization to better engage with teenage fathers. As a social worker in 2002, he co-chaired a pan Canadian committee that wrote the proposal for what became the Health Canada National Project “My Daddy Matters Because…”. The project produced several social marketing tools and an information kit for organizations that remain in use today.



All activities will be taking place at the Jenkins Theater at Mount Royal University.

  • We are going paperless, but feel free to print your agenda before you arrive from Please be patient with us but you will have a final day and timeline by introductions on Tuesday morning.
  • Dress code is casual. Be comfortable and check the weather even though we are indoors.
  • Reminder to book your own accommodation (
  • Laptops and tablets are welcome and wifi will be available. We are going paperless, but feel free to print your agenda before you arrive from
  • Tuesday morning we start at 1000h in the JENKINS THEATRE but you are welcome to join us for coffee prior at 0900h.
  • Tuesday evening we have added a dinner debrief to the agenda. The focus of this event is relationship building and peer to peer connections so we encourage you to bring business cards, information about your program, or anything else you would like to share.
  • Tuesday evening following the dinner you can be on your own time and we encourage you to take advantage of nature such as a run around Glenmore Resevoir if needed after a heavy day of thinking. BUT, we also have reserved HALF of GRETABAR for arcade games (half price) and a chance to mix and mingle or have a beverage with the friends you have met today.
  • For Wednesday, we have added and changed a couple of speakers, and the order still might change due to travel considerations. Please be patient with us but you will have a final day and timeline by introductions on Tuesday morning

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Videos from AMP Learning Day 2018

Did you miss Learning Day 2018? Check out each of our speakers:

While we didn't host a National Mentoring Symposium in 2018, the Alberta Mentoring Partnership in conjunction with the Faculty of Extension (U of A) and the Community University Partnership were excited to host AMP Learning Day 2018! A learning day specifically themed around research, evaluation, and knowledge mobilization— with a focus on tangible, pragmatic tactics you can take home to make immediate program improvements and achieve better outcomes for youth!


AMP Learning Community of Practice

Together, we are building a mentoring research, evaluation, and knowledge mobilization community of Practice. We invite you to participate and share, even if you are outside of Alberta. Everyone is invited to participate, whether if you are a mentor, a program practitioner, or curious citizen!

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While we will not be hosting a National Mentoring Symposium in 2018, our goal is to provide two catalyst learning opportunities:

AMP Learns Webinar Series: we will be hosting a series of learning webinars, streamed towards topics such as evaluation, research, and much more.

AMP Learning Forum: If there is sufficient interest, we will be building towards hosting a learning forum, a in-person session, likely in Edmonton/Calgary/Red Deer. Please sign up and indicate your interest here.

We want to hear from you: what are the big mentoring questions that are challenging you. You are not alone, and we want to help connect you with resources you need to be successful. We expect that in return, you will share your experiences, engage with us, and be an active participant in our community!

Webinar Topics Could Include

  • What is quality research?
  • What is quality evaluation?
  • How can research inform practice?
  • Where to begin?
  • How can you evaluate yourself?
  • From evaluation to adaptation?
  • Conducting Qualitative Research?
  • Conducting Quantitative Research?
  • Reflective practice approach (embedding in own work)

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