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There are a multitude of research studies proving that when a youth has a positive relationship with an adult mentor, that youth will show improvements in school attendance, school performance, pro-social behavior, and reductions in negative behavior such as substance abuse and engaging in physical violence. These benefits of mentoring have been widely proven, and now with the help of adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout Vermont and the A.D. Henderson Foundation, Mobius is starting to gather Vermont-specific data to prove that mentoring programs throughout the state are seeing similar results and having a profound impact on the lives of the youth they serve. If you’re interested in learning more, check out Mobius' recently completed 2015 Vermont Mentoring Survey Report.

LinkedIn Partners with MENTOR
In partnership with MENTOR, LinkedIn is asking all its members to thank their mentors by sharing stories about their mentoring experience. The response has been amazing! Executive directors, mentoring program staff, and all volunteer mentors are invited to share their story via LinkedIn Pulse. Take a look and start thinking of what you’ll share today: mentor.linkedin.comUse and follow #ThankYourMentor to be a part of the conversation.

Mobius Officially Launches Two Programs for Mentor Pairs!
We've officially launched two new programs for adult-to-youth, community-based mentor pairs: the statewide version of the Mobius Mentor Discount Card (MMDC), and the new Mobius Community Service Program (MCSP). Both initiatives are free resources for mentors and their mentees. We wish to increase the number of unique experiences available to young Vermonters, and to encourage them to engage with their community. Read the press release here in the VTDigger.

September is Attendance Awareness Month
September 2015 marks the third annual national campaign centered on raising awareness of the importance of school attendance and its role in promoting positive youth development, academic achievement, and future success in life. Attendance Awareness Month is spearheaded by Attendance Works and a range of local and national partners.This campaign is an exciting opportunity for everyone–community members, parents, schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, and politicians alike–to highlight the important roles that we all play in supporting youth in our communities. Mentoring programs play a key role in keeping students in school, and actively engaged in the classroom. Get involved by checking out the toolkit, webinars, and more. Use and follow #SchoolEveryday and #MentoringEffect to be a part of the conversation.

Is Your Mentoring Program in the Mentoring Connector?
MENTOR is excited to launch the Mentoring Connector, a free service that helps quality youth mentoring programs across the U.S. recruit more local volunteers while greatly increasing visibility for their organizations. All potential mentors can search for mentoring opportunities by zip code, ages of youth served, and program type to find and contact programs that interest them. Their national recruiting partners that will help drive potential mentors to the site include the NBA, the White House My Brother’s Keeper initiative and others who promote the Mentoring Connector through national campaigns. Last year this system had more than 80,000 searches.

Although your program may have been in MENTOR’s original database, called the Volunteer Referral Service, all programs are required to create a new entry for the updated version of the system to ensure all information is current. To add your program to the Mentoring Connector, please follow this link and click on “Add a New Program.”

Want to Go to a Lake Monsters' Game for Free?
Mentors‬, did you know Mobius still has 10 Vermont Lake Monsters' tickets up for grabs? Just fill out this form and pick a day to go to a ‪baseball‬ game with your mentee. The only home games left are this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, so plan fast! We are so grateful to SymQuest Group, Inc. for donating 50 tickets to Mobius to pass along to mentoring programs and their mentor pairs. We have already handed out 40 tickets to mentor pairs and everyone has had a great time.

New Recent Mentoring Events Blog Posts:
Starting this August, Mobius will be creating a monthly blog post highlighting mentoring program events from around Vermont. Want to see your event listed on the blog and referenced in the newsletter? Email benji@mobiusmentors.org with a write-up that includes the location and date of your event, as well as a summary of what happened. Photos are strongly encouraged!
  • Twinfield Together Mentoring's Barbecue | July 28th, 2015

Want to submit a recent mentoring event to the blog?
E-mail benji@mobiusmentors.org for questions and submissions.

September 10: Understanding Opiate Addiction
What: Fall Community Series hosted by the Howard Center, this month on "Understanding Opiate Addiction.When: Thurs, Sept 10 | 6:00 - 7:30pm
Where: Dealer.com | 1 Howard Street | Burlington, VT

September 16: Twitter Chat on Attendance
What: Twitter chat hosted by MENTOR and Attendance Works on "the connection between mentoring and attendance." When: Wed, Sept 16 | 3:00pm
Where: Online. 
Use and follow #schooleveryday to be a part of the conversation.

September 17: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partners. This month on "Cultural and Class Conflicts in Mentor-Mentee Matches: Strategies for Mentoring Organizations and Professionals." When: Thurs, Sept 17 | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the links for info or registration.

November 4: NE Conference on Youth Development & Mentoring
What: 2015 Northeast Conference on Youth Development and Mentoring hosted by Mass Mentoring in collaboration with Mobius, other mentoring partnerships, and MENTOR. Mentoring program staff, youth workers, after-school program staff, stakeholders, funders, and staff working with or supporting youth from around the Northeast are all invited to come together for a day of learning, collaboration, and networking on topics surrounding youth-adult relationships. Visit 2015neconference.org to view the four tracks, as well as event details, registration information and early bird registration: save $20! Use and follow #2015neconference to be a part of the conversation. When: Wed, Nov 4 | 8:00 - 4:00pm Where: Holiday Inn | 30 Washington Street | Somerville, MA.

January 27-29: National Mentoring Summit 2016
What: The 6th annual National Mentoring Summit hosted by MENTOR will explore the theme of “Connection, growth, and opportunity." Visit here to view the 60 workshops, as well as other event details and early bird registration: save $50! Use and follow #MentoringSummit2016 to be a part of the conversation. When: Jan 27-29
Where: Renaissance Washington DC | 999 9th Street NW | Washington, DC

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CCMN: The Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN) welcomes all mentoring program staff to attend meetings. The CCMN is a group of mentoring program staff–community and school-based–who meet to offer one another support, encouragement, ideas, and networking to further individual programs’ good work. The next meeting is Wed, Sept 16th from 9:00 - 11:00am at the King Street Center. Want more information or to attend the next meeting? E-mail the CCMN group (ccmn@mobiusmentors.org).

PCAV: Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (PCAV) is now offering free trainings to  support providers, staff, and parents in preventing sexual abuse from occurring. For more information, contact PCAV here or at (802) 229-5724.

NMRC: The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) is a collaboration with MENTOR and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)The NMRC is a resource for no-cost, specialized, local program assistance. The program assistance you apply for will be provided by local, experienced mentoring coordinators and experts in the field. Mobius is the Vermont technical assistance provider for the NMRC. Mentoring programs can apply here.

RV 6.0: Reward Volunteers 6.0 is a web-based initiative, headed by Cabot Creamery Cooperative that rewards volunteers and their organizations for the time they spend giving back to their communities. We continue to encourage Vermont mentoring programs that use the Vermont Mentoring Database to have their mentors log their volunteer hours through the database. Volunteer mentors who log their hours through the database will automatically be entered into the Reward Volunteers system. Use and follow #RewardVolunteers to be a part of the conversation.

PSA: The 30-second video is a collaborative effort between Northbranch Media and Mobius created to help spread awareness and recruit new mentors for young Vermonters! Share the video with your friends, followers, family and anyone you think would make a good mentor.
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