2021 Hope Through Mentoring Conference

The 2021 Hope Through Mentoring is now available to view online!

About Us

The first Hope Through Mentoring Conference was in 2013, with the theme ‘Change Starts with ME’. The last seven years has given us the opportunity to reconnect with peers in the mentoring field supporting health and wellbeing in our community. We believe a better life is accessible to everyone. Sometimes being a mentor can be as simple as just listening to someone.


The mission of the Hope Through Mentoring Conference is to empower mentors of all experience levels with information for mentoring best practices, professional development, relationship building, and selfcare. The Hope Through Mentoring Conference celebrates the power of mentoring year-round by sharing success stories, resources, tools, and opportunities to connect with local mentors.

Every year the Hope Through Mentoring Conference serve 200+ individuals throughout Kern County. We are proud to offer a variety of professional development workshops such as:

  • Mentoring best practices
  • Trauma Informed Care approaches to mentoring
  • Developing and operating the mentoring program
  • Mentoring approaches for youth services and special populations

We invite mentor organizations, community-based organizations, educators, social services staff, caseworkers, law enforcement, and anyone who is interested in mentoring to attend. After all, everyone can be a Mentor!

Direction to Connection

The Hope Through Mentoring Conference Planning Committee welcomes you to join the mentoring movement. Help is always welcomed for the following:

  • Conference planning
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Volunteers
  • Conference funding – funds are used to cover costs such as speaker fees, promotional material, and food.

We are grateful to our Partners for their continued support. In appreciation, Partners will receive

  • Special recognition during Hope Through Mentoring announcements
  • Special recognition during the conference
  • Logo on all conference promotional prints
  • Early registration

Move forward in your direction to connection and be part of the mentoring movement. Please email DrugFreeKern@kernbhrs.org for more information.

Mentoring Resources

  • Garden Pathways mentors youth and adults to build productive lives. Diverse mentoring and education programs lead families to educational advancement, employment, family stability, self-sufficiency, healthy living, and improved quality of life.
  • The target audience include: Parents of preschool aged children, youth (12-17), adults (18 and older) Residents in our target area face multiple barriers to long-term positive change, including anti-social behaviors, family dysfunction, chemical dependence, childhood abuse, violence, gangs, low-academic achievement, incarceration, and generational cycles of poverty.

Stay Focused – Reach 4 Greatness

  • Reach 4 Greatness Mentoring Program matches young people with qualified, caring and trained adults and peer mentors. This is accomplished in individual and group settings. The key to successful mentoring is consistency in the relationships. Therefore, R4G expects a minimum of one-year commitment of all its mentor matches, mentor and mentee alike.

Building Healthy Communities - AmeriCorps Program

  • Building Healthy Communities AmeriCorps Members serve as mentors to youth in grades 3-12 in schools throughout Kern County. After pre-service training, each Member is placed at a school site where they are assigned 20-25 students meeting specific program-defined criteria, including issues with school attendance and/or behavior. The mentor meets with each student for at least an hour per week for the duration of the school year, providing intervention services through structured activities designed to meet the needs and interests of each young person, with the overall goal of improving their well-being, confidence, social skills, strengths, and school attendance and behavior. By the end of the school year, the program aims to have each mentee reporting greater strengths and showing improved attendance and/or reduced suspensions and other disciplinary referrals. The school sites are located in the communities of Arvin, Bakersfield, Delano, Fairfax, Greenfield, Lamont, Lost Hills, McFarland, Mojave, Shafter, and Wasco.
    For more information call:
    (661) 852-5675

Visit the links below for mentoring toolkits, webinars, mentoring research, trainings, technical assistance, and more!