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Proceedings of NCSET institute held on March 15, 2002 in Minneapolis, MN

Electronic Mentoring:
Building Relationships Between Employers and Youth Through Technology

March 15, 2002
Minneapolis, MN

About this institute . . .

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) hosted a Capacity Building Institute on Electronic Mentoring: Building Relationships Between Employers and Youth Through Technology, March 15, 2002 at the Radisson Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Although research has shown that mentoring programs significantly improve the academic achievement and social enrichment of all students, there is very little information on the availability and impact of these programs for youth with disabilities.

NCSET’s Connecting to Success (CTS) program is an electronic mentoring program for youth with disabilities. The mission of CTS is to significantly expand mentoring, career development, and academic achievement opportunities for youth with disabilities through technology.

This institute was an opportunity to introduce participants to a successful mentoring strategy which connects employers with youth with disabilities through e-mail and face-to-face meetings. It brought together stakeholders from education, community agencies, area businesses, and government in a forum that allowed for discussion and goal setting regarding increasing mentoring opportunities for transition-age youth with disabilities.

The institute featured presentations by Pamela Toole, a national expert on service learning and mentoring strategies and Co-Director of the Compass Institute, and other expert sessions and panels on youth development issues, e-mentoring strategies and guidelines, and the benefits of participation and lessons learned by the teachers, students, and businesses currently participating in CTS.

The purpose of the institute was not to train participants to start their own CTS mentoring program. Rather, participants were given the opportunity to strategize about ways to bring e-mentoring to their community, to learn more about the program, and to meet key players for future implementation of the program.

In the following proceedings you will find the institute agenda, an overview of the institute purpose, guiding questions, institute outcomes, and a summary of the institute. At the end of the summary you will find a list of the speakers and their biographical information. Due to a large snowfall, several of the speakers were unable to attend the conference. Substitutions are noted.

For more information on Connecting to Success or to learn more about implementing the program in your community, please contact Katharine Hill at 612-626-0393 or visit

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