2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium

Join youth development experts from across the country for the 2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium on Saturday, November 12.

The Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium is back and better than ever! 

The Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium is an annual gathering that brings together mentoring practitioners, researchers, philanthropic investors, youth leaders, government and civic leaders, and others interested in exploring how to expand mentoring initiatives that promote the health and well-being of young people and families most impacted by systems of oppression.

This year's symposium will feature topics that elevate the power of identity-affirming mentoring relationships, provide practitioners with practical tools and knowledge to bring to their work, and introduce a youth track with opportunities for young people to explore their potential.


Young people and mentoring organizations have navigated unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, with black and brown youth and BIPOC-led agencies being the most impacted by its devastating effects. Despite this, young people and mentoring programs across the country have boldly adjusted to the realities of life under COVID-19, demonstrating strength, resilience, and courage in the face of adversity.

Join us to collaborate, build relationships, and reflect on what is necessary to maintain “The Courage to Thrive”—even when times are tough.

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Scholarship Award

Outstanding Youth Leaders of the Year

The Outstanding Youth Leaders of the Year Scholarship award is a half-tuition, renewable scholarship that will be awarded to three prospective college students who demonstrate success within their respective mentoring programs. Scholarship recipients will be featured during programming at our Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium. Learn more and apply today!

Opening Plenary

Youth POWER: Leadership in Action

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Read about this year's CYMS Speakers, Presenters, and Sessions, including session goals and who is speaking in which session. Session locations are available here.


This year, we're partnering with Whova to bring all attendees an interactive, hybrid experience! Through Whova, we will engage virtual and live users, offer prizes, update the schedule, and much more! Attendees can download Whova here.

To learn more about how to use Whova, check out the guide below.

Partner Resources

Are you a Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium Speaker, Program Partner, or Presenter? Learn more about suggested messaging, logo use, logistics, and more below.


Youth Guide

Are you a youth attending the Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium? Are you an organization bringing youth members? Is the CYMS your first conference? Check out our Youth Guide: Preparing for the 2022 CYMS for some tips and tricks on being your best, most-prepared self during our Symposium.

“Show me a successful individual, and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living — if you do it well, I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” - Denzel Washington

Frequently Asked Questions


This year's 2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium is hosted by the Friday Conference Center at UNC Chapel Hill. For more information about the Friday Center, including parking and a map, click here.

Want a tour? YMC team members filmed a walkable tour of the Friday Center to give attendees, speakers, and presenters a better feel of the space. You can watch it here.

By registering for our Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium, you acknowledge there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public space where people gather. Out of concern for the health and safety of all guests, we encourage everyone to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and all posted instructions while attending our event. Hand sanitizer and face masks will be available on-site. If you have COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, or think you may have been exposed, please stay at home and rest.

We will not be offering refunds for the 2022 Carolinas Youth Symposium. However, if you become unable to attend the event after registering, you may donate your ticket price to Youth Mentoring Collaborative. Reach out to info@youthmentoringcollaborative.org and we will provide you with the proper tax documentation.


The Symposium is a hybrid experience designed with all attendees in mind. Whova gives YMC the capacity to streamline virtual content and boasts a host of other benefits including: 

  • Easy check-in 
  • Further engagement opportunities between attendees
  • Accessibility features 
  • Shared real-time updates

Great question! We have compiled all of our Symposium sessions into one document. Each session is organized by time of day, and includes speakers, speaker bios, goals, and a description. Learn to your heart's content!

CYMS Final Session Descriptions

Great question! The dress code for this year's Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium is business casual. Check out our "Guide to Business Casual" for more information.

We thought you'd be curious! Check out our 2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium Map.


Thank you to our Sponsors



The Ciara Arts and Science Foundation's mission is to identify underprivileged youth who would like to develop talents in the arts or academia. The Foundation provides scholarships/grants to these children alongside organizations with similar missions. The Foundation funds awareness efforts to encourage minority communities to participate in these vital youth programs.


NC IDEA is an independent private, 501(c)(3) foundation whose vision is to help North Carolinians achieve their entrepreneurial ambition to start and grow high potential companies. NC IDEA fosters sustainable economic development with competitive grants and programs for entrepreneurs and funding to strengthen the North Carolina entrepreneurial ecosystem. NC IDEA offers grant funding and support on the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

For nearly 70 years, the PTA Thrift Shop has been a nonprofit fixture in the heart of Chapel-Hill/Carrboro. Focused on enriching the lives of youth, our goal has always been to build a collaborative community that’s a catalyst for equity, innovation and empowerment. We continue our commitment to build a community that works for everyone. This is why we’ve adopted our new brand - CommunityWorx.


Provident1898 is a black-centric coworking community and resource hub, inspired by the legacy of Durham’s Black Wall St. located in the historic NC Mutual Tower.


CYMS Program Partners


Your Support Makes Our Programming Possible

Without your support, our programming would not be possible. More than 75% of our current partners are local grassroots movements that don't have the capacity to work on their organizations and this is where our work comes in! Through free consulting services, we are providing critical support that builds our partners' capacity to meet their mission and run quality programming. Research shows that when a program strengthens key areas, it leads to better outcomes for the youth they serve.