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Mentoring and the Power of Relationships

  • 15 Mar 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Lake Union Cafe, 3119 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

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Join us as we discuss our recent study with the National Mentoring Partnership

Today’s youth are at risk from many different dangers including bullying, depression, falling behind in school, drugs/alcohol, and other pitfalls. 

What can researchers do to make the world a better place for kids? 

We can become mentors. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of mentors nationally.  The National Mentoring Partnership is one organization looking to motivate more adults to become mentors to youth in our communities.

We will discuss a recent study designed to explore the motivations of current mentors and understand what would inspire more adults to start volunteering. Further, we measured the impact of mentoring on adult career and job satisfaction, particularly related to the corporate employer support necessary to facilitate and sustain the mentoring partnership.

In our session, we will:   

  • Discuss what we hoped to learn from this study, the methodologies considered and explain our decision to use a convenience-based panel approach versus a traditional probability-based sampling method. 
  • Review the challenges encountered as we applied traditional marketing research principals and approaches to measuring motivations behind complicated sets of behaviors – the purposeful engagement between an adult and a youth outside of the adult’s family.
  • Explore the complex set of benefits sought versus those received in practice when mentoring relationships are formed and sustained.   

Our Speakers: 

Chelsea Benning
Director of Design and Analysis
Pacific Market Research

Chelsea Benning is the Director of Design and Analysis for Pacific Market Research. Along with John Cell, Chelsea heads up the Custom Research Department at Pacific.  

Chelsea studied at the University of Washington, where she holds a BASW (with an emphasis in Quantitative Reasoning). Her post-graduate work includes the completion of Principals of Marketing Research from the University of Georgia and certification in Advanced Statistical Analysis Techniques and Methodology from SPSS.

photo of Michael GarringerMichael Garringer
Director of Knowledge Management

Michael Garringer serves as the Director of Knowledge Management for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, overseeing projects related to the translation of mentoring research into program practice. Garringer has worked in the mentoring and education fields for over 17 years, primarily on training and technical assistance projects serving federally- or state-funded mentoring programs.

Michael is a proud alum of the University of Oregon.

Please visit http://www.mentoring.org/ to find out more about MENTOR and mentoring opportunities around.

Join us on Thursday, March 15th from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Lake Union Café located at 3119 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle, WA  98102

Brought to you by the Puget Sound Research Forum

March – 3/15/18


Chef’s Choice

Entrée selections:

1) Teriyaki Chicken Breast

2) Sticky Garlic Prawn Skewer

3) (V) Vegetable Stir Fry


Jasmin Rice

Seasonal Vegetables


Pastry Chef’s Choice

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