New York State Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul will share the role mentoring played in her life and how mentoring has become a cornerstone of the governor's office at the 2019 Mentoring Matters conference, Friday, April 12, at the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons on the Niagara University campus.

Attendees will also hear from a panel from the Adelphi University Mentoring Program, who will lead a discussion on “College Retention: Are Kids Really College Ready?” and brainstorm ways mentoring can prepare college-bound high school students to adjust, adapt, and remain in college to earn their degrees.

Following the panel session, experts in the areas of mentoring and youth development will address the most pressing topics concerning youth in Western New York and around the nation during six workshops held in St. Vincent’s Hall.

  • Building Culturally Responsive Programs
  • Leveraging The Research: The Power of Relationships Report
  • Addressing the Needs of Immigrant & Refugee Youth
  • Performance Metrics 101
  • Addressing the Needs of LGBTQQ+ Young People
  • Building Organizational Sustainability

Tickets for the conference are $25, and include breakfast and lunch. Visit to purchase and for more information. 

Mentoring Matters is presented by KeyBank in partnership with First Niagara Foundation, Mentor New York, and Niagara University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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