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Mentor Professional Development


Friday, October 27
6-7:15 PM ET

virtual event; open to mentors, peer-to-peer mentees and GWN staff

Looking to enhance your mentor skills and make a meaningful impact on your mentee’s growth and development? Join us for a comprehensive Mentor Professional Development session that will equip mentors with essential tools and knowledge to be effective while ensuring the well-being and safety of their mentees. This session encompasses a wide range of topics that are crucial for fostering positive mentor-mentee relationships, such as connecting, motivating, resilience-building, balancing allyship, recognizing signs of potential issues or conflicts, and abuse prevention awareness.

This mentor professional development session will be interactive and engaging, featuring self-reflection and practical exercises. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, connect with fellow mentors and gain valuable insights that can be applied immediately in their mentorship roles.

Note: Peer-mentees are welcome to join.

Meet the Teaching Artist

Nehanda Thom

Nehanda Thom

Nehanda Thom is a first generation American, born and raised in Brooklyn, with parents hailing from the West Indies. When Neh isn’t seeing clients as a psychotherapist, exploring parks within New York City or reading self-help books, she’s writing maniacally in the notes on her phone, as she often thinks faster than she can record her words. Nehanda is a recent graduate of Nyack College, with a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling, holds certifications in Substance Abuse Counseling, Recovery Coaching and Recovery Peer Advocacy and is a published author, having recently celebrated 2 years since the release of her first book, The Monument. Neh takes pride in the fact that she is not only a mentor at Girls Write Now, but also an alum of the program, having written two pieces for the 2011 mentee anthology.

Jessica Jagtiani

Jessica Jagtiani

Jesse Jagtiani (she/her) is an artist and educator of Indian-German descent. She holds a Doctor of Education in Art & Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, and an undergraduate degree in Visual Communications from the University of Arts, Berlin. In her past, Jesse co-founded and co-managed a video production company, served as the director of a media art studio, helped establish an online school for contemplative studies, and taught digital art classes and spiritual art workshops in academic and non-academic settings. Jesse’s research investigates the formative dimensions of intuition and is based on bridging indigenous wisdom, perennial philosophy, and modern science for a greater balance of the intuitive and the rational mind in Western education. Jesse has presented her research at various conferences, such as the College Art Association Conference (CAA) and the National Art Education Association Convention (NAEA) and her writings are published in a variety of literature, such as the book Developing Informed Intuition for Decision Making and the journal Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art. She currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Art Education Pakistan. Jesse is passionate about supporting emerging teen & young adult writers and leaders on their creative, academic and career pathways.

This event is open to:

all mentors, GWN staff and peer-to-peer mentees

October 27 6:00 pm 7:15 pm EDT

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