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Mentoring Matters: The Role of Mentoring in Registered Apprenticeship Programs for Youth

As registered apprenticeship programs continue to grow in popularity, policymakers and practitioners must consider ensuring programs maintain high quality. Structured mentoring is a hallmark of registered apprenticeship and requires further exploration to understand its challenges and best practices. Mentors support, advise, and instruct apprentices on the job, directly affecting an apprentice’s learning and persistence toward completion. 

Leading into National Apprenticeship Week, please join the Urban Institute, in collaboration with Opportunity America, for a virtual event on why mentoring matters. Hear from thought leaders, industry specialists, mentors, and apprentices as we discuss the challenges and practical implementation of mentoring for youth apprentices. In addition to a lively panel discussion, the event will feature a demonstration of Urban’s new mentoring tools designed to strengthen how youth apprenticeships are delivered.


  • Zach Boren, Senior Policy Program Manager, Urban Institute
  • Robert G. Chiappetta, Director of Government Affairs, Toyota Motor North America Inc.
  • Michael Coley, President, ASE Education Foundation
  • Amanda Darlington, Director, Government Affairs, Global Business Alliance
  • Stephen Hamilton, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University
  • Tamar Jacoby, President, Opportunity America
  • Robert I. Lerman, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Dwayne Myers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dynamic Automotive
  • Thomas J. Santos, Assistant Vice President, Federal Affairs, Zurich Insurance Group, North America
  • Todd Zimmerman, Automotive Mechanic, Dynamic Automotive



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Support for this event is provided by the US Department of Labor. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

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Date & Time Monday, November 8, 2021

  • Senior Policy Program Manager
  • Institute Fellow