Dr. Rebecca Stelter, a Research Scientist II at iRT, will be co-presenting at the virtual 2021 National Mentoring Summit https://www.mentoring.org/national-mentoring-summit/ on Intentional program planning to create a safe (virtual) space for mentees during unprecedented times, on  Friday, 1/29/2021, from 2:14 – 3:45 PM. Dr. Stelter and her co-presenter, Darlene H. Marlin, Senior Director at National Urban League, will discuss the National Urban League’s Project Ready: Mentor program. The Project Ready: Mentor provides group mentoring to prepare students for college, work, and life through the development of 21st Century, as well as other critical social skills. The program also has the goal of fostering personal, global, and cultural awareness. Project Ready: Mentor is built on the research-based best practices outlined in the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring and the 110 years of the NUL’s racial justice and education work. This session will provide attendees with key practices for creating physically and emotionally safe spaces for mentees to participate in a group mentoring program that meets their needs and builds their assets.