Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, will participate in a panel discussion at the 2015 National Mentoring Summit on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Renaissance in Washington, D.C. The panel will address themes from President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their potential.
Davis will be joined by Michael Smith, special assistant to President Obama and senior director of cabinet affairs for My Brother’s Keeper; Shawn Dove, Campaign for Black Male Achievement; Shireen Lewis, executive director, EduSeed and founder, SisterMentors; Michael Kimmel, Stony Brook University; and Robert Thornton, Skillman Foundation. The panel will explore responses to and opportunities for leveraging the President’s call for action, which included a recommendation to recruit high-quality mentors and improve the quality of mentoring programs.
The 2015 National Mentoring Summit, founded and convened by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, is a signature event for the mentoring field and attracts about 1,000 top researchers, policy makers, practitioners, a network of affiliate of mentoring partnerships, corporate partners and many other national youth-serving organizations.