Past Events


19 October 2017

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The Global Youth Mentoring Network’s annual conference entitled ‘Youth Mentoring, Cultural Diversity, Minorities and Migrant Groups’ took place in the University Institute of Lisbon – ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday 19 October 2017.

This conference which was sponsored by the ISCTE-IUL along with the Centre for Social Research and Intervention; the Community, Education, and Development Research Group and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre drew on international perspectives on youth mentoring in research, theory and practice in the context of diversity, ethnic minorities and migration.

The conference program outlining events from the day is available here.


13 October 2016

Our annual conference entitled ‘Quality Outcomes in Youth Mentoring’ was hosted by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and took place in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway on October 13th 2016.

As well as bringing together international colleagues, the conference involved local programmes and services and facilitated the involvement of mentors and mentees.

This conference was also the perfect occasion for the official launch of the Global Youth Mentoring Network.

Over 80 people attended this very successful event.


The programme of events for the day included:

Welcome by Tess Noonan, Assistant Director, Quality & Risk, ISPCC. Video is available here.

Introduction to the Global Youth Mentoring Network by Dr Bernadine Brady, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway. Video is available here.

Building Young People’s Resilience Through Mentoring Programmes by Caroline O’ Sullivan, Director of Services, ISPCC.  Video is available here.

Empathy, Resilience and Youth Mentoring by Professor Pat Dolan, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway. Video is available here.

The Importance of Mentoring in the Social Inclusion of the Young People from Residential Care by Cristina Mirica, Asociatia de Servicii Sociale Scut, Romania. Video is available here.

A Journey of Quality Improvement by Grainia Long, Chief Executive, ISPCC. Video is available here.

Attuned Autonomy Support and Internalisation of Social Norms: Results from an Exploratory Study by Dr Francisco Simões, CIS-IUL, Instituto Univeristário de Lisboa, Portugal. Video is available here.

Outcomes and Evaluation – Cautionary Reflections from a South African Experience by Professor John Pinkerton, Queen’s University Belfast. Video is available here.

Assessing Youth Mentoring Quality Outcomes through the Life Course: the Nightingale Longitudinal Case Study by Dr Òscar Prieto-Flores, University of Girona, Spain. Video is available here.

Youth Mentoring as a Form of Support for Children and Young People at Risk: Insights from Research and Practice by Mary Lynch, Senior Youth Officer, Foróige and Professor Caroline McGregor, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway.  Video is available here.

Many thanks to all who attended, presented and played a part in organising this event, particularly Tess Noonan of the ISPCC.


Conference speakers. Front Row from L to R: Bernadine Brady, Tess Noonan, Cristina Mirica, Oscar Prieto-Flores. 2nd Row from L to R: John Pinkerton, Tereza Brumovzka, Mary Lynch, Caroline O’Sullivan. 3rd Row from L to R: Francisco Simoes, Caroline McGregor. Back row from L to R: Seán Campbell, Pat Dolan. Absent from photograph: Grainia Long.


6 November 2014

‘Youth Mentoring and Social Support: International Perspectives’ Seminar 

Hosted by the UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, NUI, Galway


‘SA- YES: the challenge of mentoring care leavers in Cape Town’. John Pinkerton, Queens University, Belfast & Michelle Potter, SA-YES, South Africa

How do mentors motivations impact on youth mentoring relationships?’ Learning from the Czech BBBS programme
Dr Gabriela Dima, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania.

‘Continuity and Change: Reflections on 14 years of the BBBS youth mentoring programme in Ireland’  Mary Lynch, Foróige Big Brothers Big Sisters programme, Ireland

‘Using evidence to improve outcomes for children in the ISPCC mentoring programme’. Tess Noonan, Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

School based mentoring in Portugal: Contextualisation, programs and results.  Francisco Simoes, University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal.

‘What added value does peer support bring? Insights from the BBBS School based mentoring programme in Ireland’. Bernadine Brady, UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, NUI, Galway, Ireland. 

How do mentors motivations impact on youth mentoring relationships?’ Learning from the Czech BBBS programme, Tereza Brumovska, UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, NUI Galway

What has mentoring to do with well-being?  Jenny Spratt, University of Aberdeen, UK.