The 2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium

Looking back on the 2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium.

What is the Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium?


The Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium (CYMS) 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.

2022's Symposium featured topics like elevating the power of identity-affirming mentoring relationships, providing practitioners with practical tools and knowledge to bring to their work, and introducing a youth track with opportunities for young people to explore their potential. With the 2022 Symposium, we wanted to uplift Black and Brown youth and mentoring practitioners that navigated the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic; our theme was "The Courage to Thrive."


Outstanding Youth Leaders of the Year Scholarship

This year, we awarded three North Carolina high school students with a $20,000 scholarship to be applied in their post-secondary education. This four-year, half-tuition scholarship is called the Outstanding Youth Leaders of the Year Award.

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2022 Recipients

Outstanding Youth Leaders of the Year

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Opening Plenary


Watch our Opening Plenary conversation, "Youth POWER: Leadership in Action." This conversation featured City of Durham Office on Youth Project Assistant & NCCU Student Jaylen Segers; General Services Foundation Executive Director & UNC-CH Student Sonali Ratnasinghe; Youth Mentoring Collaborative Board Member & NC State Student Justice Skinner; and Black and Belonging's CEO and Founder & moderator DeLeon Gray.


Opening Plenary

Youth POWER: Leadership in Action

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2022 Speakers & Session Descriptions


The 2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium featured two dozen youth and professional speakers, as well as a Professional and Youth track.


Our Favorite Moments


Enjoy some of our favorite moments from the 2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium.


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Scenes from the CYMS

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Thanks 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.

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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.

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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.

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