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About April Riordan

April Riordan manages MPM’s Training Institute, which offers technical assistance, consultation, resources and training support to help start, maintain and sustain quality mentoring initiatives, and to prepare both mentors and mentees to make the most of their mentoring relationships. Riordan is an experienced trainer and presenter, having delivered training and presentations for many organizations before joining the Mentoring Partnership. She also developed and managed two unique and award-winning mentoring programs while working in the fields of youth development and camping. She has also volunteered as a mentor for many years, building relationships with young people through Best Buddies, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, the St. Paul Jewish Community Center and Bolder Options of Minneapolis. Riordan has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Hamline University.

Farewell from April Riordan, Director of Training & Community Partnerships

It is with mixed emotions that I announce my departure from the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota.  I will miss the smart, passionate and fun people I’ve had the pleasure of working with for six and a half years but am … Continue reading

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Conference is Just Two Clicks Away – Register for Live Streaming!

Can’t make it to the Twin Cities to participate in the 2012 Minnesota Mentoring Conference in person this year?  How about joining us online? For the first time, MPM is offering a “live streaming” option for the conference.  Register for this … Continue reading

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What’s All the Buzz About?

Registration for the 2012 Minnesota Mentoring Conference is open and people are signing up every day, taking advantage of the early bird discount available until Sept. 14.   We are hearing lots of buzz about this year’s collective impact theme, … Continue reading

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Pittman, DuBois & Shapiro: A Hat Trick for MPM

A hat-trick or hat trick in sport is the achievement of a positive feat three times during a game, or other achievements based on threes. For MPM, I think it’s the achievement of getting these three leaders together for one conference, the Minnesota Mentoring Conference on … Continue reading

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Red Light, Green Light

Evidence-based practice (EBP) entails making decisions by integrating the best available evidence.  Dr. Renée Spencer and Dr. Jean Rhodes both mentioned EBP during their keynote addresses at last week’s Minnesota Mentoring Conference and EBP is also the topic of our Quality … Continue reading

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Leader, Mentor, Friend, Visionary

This week, local and national news sources (and many of my Facebook friends’ news feeds) are paying tribute to Steve Jobs and his (in my opinion) absolutely mind-blowing contributions to technology.  His ideas changed how we do business, how we communicate with … Continue reading

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Training Idea – Matching Mentors & Mentees

In EEP and other trainings, we often use Exercise 2 from the “action” section of Research In Action Brief #9 – Youth Mentoring: Do Race and Ethnicity Really Matter?.  The exercise uses an interactive matching game to help mentor program staff think about their … Continue reading

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