On June 14th, Benji Thurber and I joined staff members from MENTOR (The National Mentoring Partnership) and the other 26 mentoring partnerships in Baltimore, MD for the annual three-day Mentoring Partnership Network Conference.
The conference was a great opportunity for us to collaborate with other mentoring partnerships, learn about innovative work they are doing in their states, and share the great work that is being done in Vermont around adult-to-youth mentoring. MENTOR also shared from its upcoming projects so that each state or regional mentoring partnership can adapt MENTOR's national efforts to promote and support mentoring. On the final day of the conference we had the opportunity to engage in a dialogue about the role of mentoring in connecting communities and learn from a panel of Baltimore community leaders. The leaders spoke on how mentoring has and will continue to be part of the Baltimore community's response after the unrest and protests in response to the death of Freddie Gray.
The conference was a great reminder of the larger national mentoring movement that all of us in Vermont are a part of.
Community Friends Mentoring Presented with Sally Fox Award
Howard Center's Community Friends Mentoring
was this year’s recipient of the very prestigious Sally Fox Award
from the Vermont Children's Trust Foundation
. Senator Sally Fox died in January of 2014 when she was in her second term in the state Senate where she served on Senate Health and Welfare and Senate Appropriations committees. She was previously elected to the House of Representatives in 1986 and served seven terms. She served as chair of the House Appropriations Committee and House Judiciary Committee. Fox was a lawyer and held a J.D. from the State University of New York Law School. She ran the Developmental Disabilities Law Project for Vermont Legal Aid for 11 years from 1977 to 1988 where she defended the rights of Vermonters. Ms. Elliott was on hand during the Turrell Fund Day for Children’s 20th Anniversary Event on June 4th to present a check and the award to Community Friends Mentoring on behalf of Michael Sirotkin, husband of the late Fox. Catherine Simonson, Director of Howard Center’s Child, Youth and Family Services, and Catherine Shahan, Coordinator of Howard Center’s Community Friends Mentoring Program were presented the award by Susan Elliott, Community Liaison at the Office of Congressman Peter Welch.
Mobius and DREAM Live on CCTV
Want to learn more about how great mentoring can be, directly from the source? Check out the June 30th edition of CCTV’s Live at 5:25. Mobius Executive Director Chad Butt was joined by the DREAM Program
mentor and community intern Laura Burnham, and former DREAM mentee Frankie Bahati. Watch the full video
to learn more. You can also see more mentoring stories in the media by visiting Mobius’ Mentoring in the News
We Have Lake Monsters Tickets!
Mentors, are you and your mentee interested in a free night at the ballpark this summer? Our friends at SymQuest
have generously donated 50 Vermont Lake Monsters
tickets, good for any home game in July, August, or September. Sign up today by filling out this short sign-up form
Program coordinators, if you are interested in using multiple tickets for a group mentoring event, please email Benji@mobiusmentors.org
. Thank you SymQuest for making this fun activity possible for youth and their mentors throughout the state!
Vote for Your Favorite Mentor Story
After gathering all the nominations for outstanding mentors, MENTOR
has selected three mentor finalists for the 2015 Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise
. All friends of mentoring are invited to read, vote, and share the mentoring stories to help MENTOR choose who will go on the cruise. Vote here
! Choose from creative minds from New York, intellects from Maryland or fundraisers from Portland. Voting closes July 5th so read, vote and share today! Join the conversation with #MentoringCruise
Bluebird Barbecue Hosts "One Love" for King Street Center
Bluebird Barbecue is hosting two weeks’ worth of all sorts of fun ways to come out and support the King Street Center. Starting June 29th, until July 12th, diners can join the “One Love” campaign by donating $5 with their meal check. Their donation supports the center, gets the donor’s name on the Wall of Fame and enters them into a raffle to win prizes! Make sure to stop by Wednesday, July 8th for a special dinner with the King Street Center and enjoy a meal with proceeds to benefit the center!
When: June 29 – July 12th | 4:30pm – close
Where: Bluebird Barbecue
317 Riverside Avenue | Burlington, VT
Community Night for King Street Center
When: July 8th | 4:30 – 9:30pm
Where: Bluebird Barbecue
317 Riverside Avenue | Burlington, VT
Everbody Wins! Vermont Breakfast
On June 3rd, mentors, mentees, and families from the Everybody Wins! Vermont mentoring program at Twinfield Union School came together to celebrate a wonderful year of reading. The mentor pairs enjoyed some delicious food, made bookmarks to use for summer reading, and decorated postcards so that mentors and mentees can keep in touch over the summer. Check out the picture slideshow here.
Grand Isle County Mentoring End-of-the-Year Dinner
On June 4th, over 150 mentors, mentees, and their families from the Grand Isle County Mentoring program gathered in the Grand Isle School cafeteria for an end of the year celebration dinner. With wonderful food provided by mentoring supporter Eileen Blow, mentors and their mentees had an opportunity to share with families all the activities they have been doing this year. Grand Isle County Mentoring is a school-based mentoring program, which matches community children with adults who have similar interests and is currently seeking new mentors! For more information about become a mentor in the program contact Karen Browning or Leslie Ward by calling 802-372-5239 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Windsor County Partner's End-of-the-Year Celebration
On June 10th, Windsor County Partners (WCP) hosted an end-of-year celebration at the Union Street School in Springfield. Mentors and mentees from WCP's Let's Do Lunch (LDL) program participated. The families of mentees, school staff, and WCP volunteers also joined in the fun. The afternoon featured face painting, crafts, seed planting, and healthy snacks. Children were challenged to test their teamwork and communication skills by guiding their blindfolded parent or mentor through a quirky maze. The Four Winds Nature Institute was also on hand, leading nature activities in the form of identifying animal skulls and diagnosing leaf damage. As a keepsake from the school year, each member of a mentoring pair received a framed photo of themselves together with their partner. WCP is thankful to the Springfield School District for their hospitality in hosting the mentoring program throughout the year.WCP is also grateful to Subway, Shaws, and Black River Produce for the donation of refreshments for the celebration.
The Mentor Connector's Annual Meeting and 10 Year Celebration
On June 23rd, mentors and mentees gathered at the Chaffee Art Center to celebrate the 10 amazing years The Mentor Connector has been up and running in the Rutland community. Keynote speaker, Senator Dick Sears, spoke to the crowd about his experiences as a mentor as well as memories about his own personal mentors. In the end, Sears reflected that, “We all need mentoring.” The Sandy Cohen Award, named after the founder of the mentoring program, was presented to Jeff Ploof at the event. Ploof is the Information Technology Administrator at Green Mountain Power and an outstanding mentor going into his third year at The Mentor Connector. Read more about the event in the Rutland Herald article.
Vermont Women's Mentoring Program's Picnic
On June 24th, members of the Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program (VWMP) enjoyed a perfect evening with good food, great company and Lake Champlain as the backdrop. The program celebrated Leigh Steele, Vermont Works of Women’s co-coordinator of the program. VWMP is a partnership among Mercy Connections, Vermont Works for Women and the Vermont Department of Corrections. For more information about become a mentor in the program, or to register for the upcoming mentor orientation, contact Pam Greene at email@example.com.
Chittenden County Mentoring Network Meeting
The Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN) welcomes all mentoring programs to attend the monthly meetings to network, brainstorm and learn from fellow mentoring programs. The CCMN is a group of mentoring program staff–community and school-based–who meet monthly to offer one another support, encouragement, ideas, and networking to further individual programs’ good work. Currently the group is comprised of programs from northwestern Vermont but any mentoring program is welcome to join the group. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, from 12:00-2:00pm. Want more information or to attend the next meeting? E-mail the CCMN group (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Live Mentoring Webinar: Innovative Recruitment
What: A free webinar on
"Innovative Recruitment: Creative Strategies for Finding Long-Term Mentors"
Hosted by: The Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series, a partnership of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and a planning team comprised of state mentoring partnerships and other national partners.
When: Thursday, July 16th | 1:00-2:15pm
Register Information: FREE. Register Here.
"One of the biggest challenges faced by mentoring programs is mentor recruitment. How do you get both the right number and the right fit? Join this webinar as we explore new insights on this common challenge! Speakers will share practical tips for finding long-term volunteers, innovative solutions to online recruitment, and creative tactics for recruiting outside your typical recruitment pools. Join us, and bring your questions!"
FREE Trainings with Prevent Child Abuse Vermont for 2014-2015
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. Check out PCAV training opportunities here.
Northeast Conference on Youth Development and Mentoring
Mark your calendars for The Northeast Conference on Youth Development and Mentoring on November 4, 2015 in Somerville, MA.
Mobius is once again working in collaboration with the other statewide mentoring partnerships in the region and MENTOR to provide an every-other-year regional training and networking opportunity for mentoring program professionals in the northeast. More information will become available this summer.
Hope to see you there!
Summer Fun Youth Wristbands
The Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) and Green Mountain Transit Agency (GMTA) have teamed up to offer Summer Fun Youth Wristbands! Youth ages 7-17 can purchase a wristband for $25 (for CCTA local routes) or for $15 (for GMTA local routes) and gain access to unlimited local service, rides and fun! The program will run from June 15th to August 25th, so get your pass and help your mentee get a pass. Bracelets are available at CCTA’s administrative office, at the Cherry Street kiosk, or by phone order at 802-864-2282.
Meal Sites for the Summer
School is out! Some youth rely on school programs for their meals, so summer can be a tricky time to manage and access food. Hunger Free Vermont provides some resources to help locate drop-in meal sites for the summer. Meal sites are open to all children 18 and under with no application, no registration and no need to call ahead. Many meal sites also have activities or enrichment programs that provide further benefits to kids and families during the summer months. Meal sites will be finalized at the beginning of June and a comprehensive list of sites will be made available early next week (no later than June 15th). The database will be accessible through texting, by phone and on the Hunger Free Vermont website. Texting and calling services are active now.
There are four primary tools mentors can share and/or use to help their mentees find out where summer meals are available:
National Mentoring Resource Center
- Text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877
- Dial 2-1-1 (United Way)
- ‘The Range App’ (A smartphone app by Caravan Studios)
- Hunger Free Vermont's comprehensive site list on its website
In collaboration with MENTOR and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Mobius is the Vermont technical assistance provider for the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC). Learn more by reading the news release from VTDigger. 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 looks forward to working with programs across the state to utilize this great opportunity. Please, ask us any questions that will help you make use of this free resource.
Mentoring programs can apply here.
1) Requests for assistance should be for aspects to help your mentoring program be in better alignment with the national standards for quality-based mentoring, The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ and the Vermont Core Standards for Mentoring.
2) Requests may be to help your program reach core standards, but also for enhancements of your program that go beyond required best practices.
Reward Volunteers 6.0
Cabot Creamery Cooperative launched "Reward Volunteers 6.0," the sixth version of its initiative that rewards volunteers and their organizations for the time they spend giving back to their communities. The initiative is now web-based, which allows users the ability to log their time from any smartphone, computer or tablet. The program also allows users to report their activity on behalf of an employer. Since the program was launched in February of 2012, more than 200,000 volunteer hours have been logged, with over 72,000 hours logged in just this last year alone. If you want to help spread the news use #RewardVolunteers on all your social media platforms.
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. Mentoring programs that do not use the Vermont Mentoring Database to track volunteer hours can still participate by going through the new Reward Volunteers website. We also encourage programs to invite their advisory groups into the program! You can learn more about the release of Reward Volunteers 6.0 by watching Cabot’s Nate Formalarie and Mobius Executive Director Chad Butt, on WCAX’s featured story on the :30.
View and Share The Mentoring Public Service Announcement
Did you know that 1 in 3 young Vermonters will grow up without a formal or natural mentor? That means 32,500 youth in Vermont do not have any adult they can turn to for support beyond their immediate family. Northbranch Media and Mobius worked together to create a 30-second video 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.
Mobius Mentor Discount Card
Community-based Vermont mentors and mentees are now able to enjoy unique discounts from supportive local businesses all across the state. When a mentor makes a reservation or purchase at participating venues, he or she can present the Mobius Mentor Discount Card and receive a discount at that location. The initiative allows mentors to take their mentees to restaurants, theaters, museums, pools, and a variety of other fun places at a discounted price. For the full list of the more than 40 businesses that are participating in the program, visit the discount card web page.
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The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring Newsletter
“The Chronicle is an online source for sharing new findings and ideas about youth mentoring. The goal of the Chronicle is to encourage active dialogue around evidence-based practice in youth mentoring in ways that improve the practice of youth mentoring.” Mentoring programs, this is a great resource that includes: The Research Corner blog, an edited forum, new mentoring research, research from related fields, Q&A’s with researchers, and expert perspectives from the field’s leading researchers and practitioners. Start getting involved by subscribing to the Chronicle newsletter
or by visiting the Chronicle site
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