Program Director, Coriann Matthews leads mentor meetings and circles to support our volunteers.

Program Director, Coriann Matthews coordinates monthly mini-training sessions and mentor support circles.

Ready to grow your knowledge and hone your mentoring skills? Mentor Mini Training Sessions are your opportunity to ask questions, learn new approaches, and develop your abilities as a youth mentor. Every other month, these workshops are open to anyone in the general public interested in learning more about contemporary issues facing youth and those who serve them.

Facilitated by our Program Director, Coriann Matthews and special guest presenters from the local community, Monthly Mini-Training Sessions are educational, enriching, and designed to speak to the topic most important to The Rose Circle Mentoring Network mentors.  We provide this valuable resource free of charge and it’s the perfect way for you to grow your expertise in youth development issues.

In addition to monthly workshops, mentors are invited to monthly Mentor Support Circles where mentors can share their experiences, ask questions and offer each other support.

Mini-Training Sessions vary in location based on the facilitator and Monthly Support Circles typically take place at the Rose Circle Office: 295 E. Main St, Suite 6, in downtown Ashland above Star Sushi.

Here is the schedule of events and registration details for the 2017-2018 School Year:

Monthly Mentor Support Circle Schedule: 

Monday 9/18            6-730pm at The Rose Circle Office
Tuesday 10/24         6-730pm at The Rose Circle Office
Wednesday 11/15    6-730pm at The Rose Circle Office
No circle in December
Monday 1/22            6-730pm at The Rose Circle Office
Tuesday 2/20           6-730pm at The Rose Circle Office
Wednesday 3/14      6-730pm at The Rose Circle Office
Monday 4/23            6-730pm at The Rose Circle Office
Tuesday 5/22           6-730pm at The Rose Circle Office
No circles over the summer for now! If there are some mentors that decide they would like to facilitate more support for mentors, we could discuss how to add this in as well


Ongoing Mini-Training Sessions:

September 14th from 530-730pm at the Ashland Library– The Jackson County Youth Suicide Prevention program has coordinated with us to hold a  “Question, Persuade, Refer” training to review how to react to teen suicidal talk/behavior. Here’s the link to register:


-October 17th 530-830pm at the Medford Library

Child Abuse Prevention hosted by the Children’s Advocacy Center will cover how to recognize signs of abuse, how to talk about this topic with the youth you work with, how to report suspected abuse, and what services are available in our community. When you click on this link, you will see options for their other training dates. Please select “Rose Circle Public Training”. If you are unable to attend this date and have yet to do this training, please select a different date and send me your certificate of completion afterwards to include in your file.


November 14th  530-830pm at the Medford Library

Mentoring and Enhancing Racial Equity. Another mentor and I have been trained in how to facilitate a group using the Race Equity Tool-Kit and incorporate this into circles and/or conversations with individual mentees. Here’s the link to register:


-December 4th 530-730pm (Location TBA)

Southern Oregon’s Queer Resource Center has offered to do a training on LGBTQA+ Education. Here’s the link to register:


-February 12th 530-730 (Location and registration details TBA)

Mental Health and Mentoring. Lexi Delgado returns to go more in depth on how mentors can understand mental health and increase resiliency.


March 13th 530-730pm (Location and registration details TBA)

Mentoring and Substance Use Prevention/Intervention-Jackson County Health and Human Services’ Youth Prevention Specialist alongside a longtime staff working in Drug/Alcohol Youth services will be presenting on latest trends in youth substance use, reported data on usage, and how to youth about this topic, as well as what services are available for support.



Here are some highly recommended community trainings:

ACE’s and Resiliency-the science of N.E.A.R. (Neurobiology, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience), presented by the Southern Oregon ACEs Training Team.

They were asked to schedule ACEs Training Sessions for people who have joined a school, agency or business where the rest of the staff has already received training, for people who have already done the training with them but would like to have a refresher, and for members of the general public who have heard of ACEs and resilience and are interested in finding out more.

Here’s the link for an open training session on Tuesday, September 26, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Health & Human Services Building at 140 S. Holly in Medford


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, ASIST, in Southern Oregon is a two day course in “suicide first aid” and is useful to health care workers, teachers and caring individuals who would like interactive training in helping suicidal individuals. Here are the dates for the training and the cost varies.Contact Denise Stanford if you are interested in taking an ASIST training, or call 541-774-8224

September 14-15 OR November 16-17, 2017


Youth Mental Health First Aid  is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

For more information, visit

August 31st 8-5:

 November 8th: 8-5


Resolve- Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice  

Restorative Justice Facilitator Training (4-day intensive)

Restorative Justice is a community-based and trauma-informed practice used to strengthen communities, repair harm, and restore relationships when wrongdoings occur. It is a set of principles, values, and practices that create safe spaces for honest dialogue to take place. Restorative Justice principles emphasize repair over punishment, inclusion over exclusion, and encourage high levels of accountability and community support. Restorative justice is growing regionally and internationally, expanding into school, criminal justice, and community settings.

November 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2017 OR February 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2018

Fundamentals of Mediation Training (5-day intensive) 

This interactive training includes theory and practice in interest-based negotiation and provides the tools needed to intervene when conflict arises in your community, at work, or at home. Mediation is a growing field, increasingly recognized as a best practice for resolving conflict. As a participant, you will benefit from individualized coaching from our instructors and coaches who have decades of mediation and training experience.

February 28, March 1, & 2 AND March 8 & 9