Since the 2000s, mentoring has proliferated as a promising intervention aimed at solving the problems and meeting the needs of young people, adults and international talents, with strategies based on the guidance of adult role models or older peers. In the United States alone, it is estimated that there are more than 5,000 mentoring programs, serving nearly 3,000,000 young people nationwide (DuBois et al., 2011).
The Nordics has seen a similar growth in mentoring programs in the last 10 years. After the 2015-2016 refugee influx in the region more are adapting mentoring as a vehicle for integration. Mentoring requires a principled approach. As a result Catalysts has seen the need to convene leaders in the field from across the Nordic region to stimulate learning and collaboration.
Funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the US Embassy in Oslo, the Nordic Mentoring Summit is an initiative started by Catalysts. The organisations Mitt Liv from Sweden and Startup Refugees from Finland have partnered with Catalysts to develop the first Nordic Mentoring Summit.
Catalysts delivers mentor programs to a diverse target group in Norway with the vision to create a more inclusive society one relationship at a time.
Mitt Liv is a social enterprise working for an inclusive society and a job market that values diversity.
Startup Refugees harnesses the human capital of refugees, combines it with local entrepreneurship and creates new opportunities and more jobs for everyone.
Nordic Mentoring Database
The Nordic Mentoring Summit sees a need to provide an overview of the different actors in the Nordics that are implementing mentor programs.
The Summit has initiated the establishment of a database - see link below. The purpose of this is to provide inspiration and information for others that may be interested in collaborating and or contacting the organisations for more information.
We have used only publicly available information to develop this database and encourage you to add your organization! You can add your organisation and use the database at no cost.
The database will be maintained by the Nordic Center for Evidence based mentoring which will be launched at the Nordic Mentoring Summit.