News from mentoring programs across Vermont.
"The school year may be winding down but there are lots of exciting new developments going on in the Vermont mentoring field. Programs around the state are conducting site evaluations with mentees, mentors, parents/guardians, and teachers/counselors in an effort to see how they can improve their program and help gather statewide data. The 2014-2015 Vermont Mentoring Grants application process will open up next week. Finally, Mobius will be launching a Quality Mentoring Assessment System (QMS) this summer to help programs ensure they are meeting best practices and get recognized for the great work they’re doing. Keep an eye out on the Mobius website in the coming week for more details!" - Chad Butt, Executive Director

 


Seeking Suggestions for Statewide Mobius Mentor Discount Card
Mobius' Communications and Technology Specialist/AmeriCorps VISTA Daron Blake is currently preparing the 2014 statewide Mobius Mentor Discount Card. This card will expand upon the current mentor discount card, which features businesses in Chittenden County. We're looking for  suggestions on how to make this card the most useful to mentors across Vermont!


Do you frequently visit businesses with your mentee that you'd like to see on the discount card?

Do you have an idea of discounts that you'd like to see in your part of the state?

Do you have suggestions on how to enhance the current card and discount system?


E-mail daron@mobiusmentors.org or call the office at 658-1888 to see your suggestions incorporated into the new statewide discount card!

Nominations Due for United Way Building Block Awards
Do you know of an extraordinary mentor making a difference in Chittenden County? Nominate a volunteer or team of volunteers by Thursday, June 12 for the 2014 United Way of Chittenden County's Building Block Awards!


Complete the online nomination form. Questions? Contact Laurie Dana at 861-7832 or laurie@unitedwaycc.org.

Wanted: Youth Mentoring Case Examples for Social Work Research
Lauren Mucha, a research assistant with Professor Kevin Jones in the social work department of the University of Portland, seeks case examples from youth mentoring programs. Mucha and Jones are creating a book of ethical dilemmas related to youth mentoring. If you would like more information, or would like to share a case study, e-mail Lauren at mucha14@up.edu.

Mentoring Coordinator EvaluationsWe’re looking for suggestions or examples of evaluations for mentoring coordinators. One program would like to develop a survey or evaluation which mentors, staff, and/or mentees can fill out to evaluate mentoring coordinators. If you have ideas, an example that you would like to share, or questions of your own evaluation systems, please e-mail info@mobiusmentors.org. If you have a question that you would like to ask other mentoring programs in this section of the newsletter, feel free to e-mail us!



Do you have recent or upcoming events or stories that you'd like to share with the Vermont mentoring community? E-mail daron@mobiusmentors.org!

Community Science Night at ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center
"On April 30th, our community partners from the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center hosted more than 200 mentors and mentees for Community Science Night.  This annual event, which is free for mentor pairs, features science and animal exhibits and hands-on demonstrations led by the ECHO E-Team (Environmental Team).  This year’s event was catered by the Burlington Food Service, with volunteer assistance from the UVM chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta.  The evening culminated with an a cappella musical performance by the UVM Hit Paws.

Milton resident Lynn Dempsey attended the event with her nine-year-old mentee Marissa, a student at Milton Elementary School.  The two have been matched through Milton Mentors!, a community-based mentoring program coordinated by the Milton Community Youth Coalition, since September 2012.

'Mentoring has been a wonderful experience for me,' said Lynn. 'It’s a great feeling to connect with a young person and help her realize how special she is. The ECHO events have been so much fun for us. I can’t keep up with Marissa as she flits from one exhibit to another. She especially loved the large fish and the weather station where you could record yourself giving the forecast like a real meteorologist!'"

For more information and photos from the event, read Communications and Technology Manager Benji Thurber's latest blog post, "Celebrating Mentoring, Science, and Community Partnerships"!

HowardCenter's Child, Youth & Family Services Annual Awards
"Congratulations to SB Mentoring Coordinator Susie Merrick, and HowardCenter Child,Youth & Family Services employee and Community Friends Mentor Christine Toomey! They were both nominated for the Jim Aja Program Excellence Award and honored along with other nominees on May 22nd at HowardCenter's Child,Youth & Family Services Annual Awards Ceremony. Way to go ladies!"- Catherine Shahan, Program Coordinator, Community Friends Mentoring Program
 

Everybody Wins! VT Summer Celebration
"Come celebrate the power of literacy and mentoring with Everybody Wins! Vermont at its 7th Annual Summer Celebration on Thursday, June 26th.  Held at the stunning Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, VT, the event features a sumptuous dinner, exciting silent auction and opening remarks by internationally acclaimed Vermont author Katherine Paterson. Following dinner, attendees enjoy a summer concert by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra including a fabulous fireworks finale. To find out more about the event or to purchase tickets, go to www.ewvt.org or call (802) 229-2665." - Bonnie Ferro, Executive Director of Everybody Wins! Vermont

Financial Literacy Trainings for Mentors and Mentees
Join us for a financial literacy workshop, open to all youth and adults!

What: "Interest rates and mortages: What are they and how do they work?"
Hosted by: Elizabeth La Perle, Mortage Officer, Vermont State Employees Credit Union, Berlin Branch
When: Saturday, June 7th, 10:30-11:30
Where: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier

This is the fourth in a series of four Financial Literacy Workshops for youth and their families. Co-Sponsored by Girls/Boyz First Mentoring, Kellogg Hubbard Library, National Life, Northfield Savings Bank and Vermont State Employees Credit Union.
For information on the trainings, visit our Mentoring Events Calendar or contact Wendy Freundlich at 229-4798 or wendy.freedom51@gmail.com.

City Market Cooking Class: Vietnamese Peanut Noodles
"Noodles with peanut sauce are super easy to make, and yummy! Help us whip up a batch of peanut sauce, cook some rice noodles, and chop and dice fresh herbs and veggies to add your favorite toppings. Join us for this class for six to 12-year-olds accompanied by a parent or mentor."

All of City Market's monthly classes are FREE for teens (13 and up) accompanied by a mentor! Instructions for how to sign up are in the flyer to the right. New promotional code: “mentorscook.” The Vietnamese Peanut Noodles class is also free for kids ages six to 12 who are accompanied by a mentor.


What: Vietnamese Peanut Noodles class for six to 12-year-olds and accompanying adults
When: Monday, June 9, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Where: McClure Multi-Generational Center
Registration: Visit City Market's class calendar for details.


Mobius, Vermont's Mentoring Partnership
20 Winooski Falls Way #105
Winooski, VT 05404
info@mobiusmentors.org
802.658.1888
 
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Created by Vermont Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA Daron Blake.      



About Mobius:
Mobius is supported by the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, the A.D. Henderson Foundation, and the State of Vermont. Mentoring programs throughout the state are helping to lead the statewide movement through their involvement on the Program Leadership Council and our Board of Directors. Nationally, we are an affiliate of MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership.