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A caring, consistent adult mentor can make a world of difference in the life of a child. Mobius assists adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout Vermont to better meet the needs of the youth in their communities. As Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, Mobius provides a wide variety of resources and support to the over 140 mentoring programs throughout Vermont. Mentoring programs are doing amazing work across the state, but they can’t do it alone. I hope you will visit our website to view the full 2014-2015 Mobius annual report and continue to support mentoring in your community and throughout Vermont.
A New Mentor Year Begins
Fall is upon us, and with it the start of a new school year. Mentoring programs around the state are looking for new volunteers to mentor youth in their schools and local communities. Do you have an hour or two a week, either during the school day or outside of school or work hours? You could become a caring, adult friend for a young person near you. To find the program option that best fits your schedule, interests, and location, visit Mobius’ online program directory or fill out a mentoring inquiry form and a Mobius staff member can assist you in finding the best option.

New Release: 4th Edition of Elements of Effective Practice
MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership has released the 4th Edition of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring. The new edition, released in September 2015, reflects the most up-to-date research, practice, and thinking in the mentoring field. Download your toolkit today!

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Opportunities
In addition to the adult-to-youth mentoring options available, there are also several peer-to-peer programs that may be of interest.  

Milton Mentors Buddies pairs upper level high school students from Milton High School with 3rd through 5th graders in Milton Elementary for a semester-long mentoring relationship. If your student or child is interested in participating, please contact Katie Miller at kmiller@miltonyouth.org

Adult women volunteers can support women making the transition from prison back into the community through the Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program, a collaborative partnership among Mercy Connections, Vermont Works for Women, and the Vermont Department of Corrections. Mentor training begins October 7, 2015 and runs each Wednesday for four weeks. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, contact Pam Greene (pgreene@mercyconnections.org) or 802-846-7164 for more information!

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.”

New Recent Mentoring Events Blog Posts:
Starting August 2015, Mobius switched to 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!
  • King Street Center and Community Friends Mentoring's Apple Picking Event | September 26th, 2015
Want to submit your recent mentoring event?
E-mail benji@mobiusmentors.org for questions and submissions.

October 7: Understanding Depression
What: Fall Community Series hosted by the Howard Center, this month on "Understanding Depression and its Treatment.When: Wed, Oct 7 | 6:00 - 7:30pm
Where: Dealer.com | 1 Howard Street | Burlington, VT

October 14: Suicide Prevention Training
What: A Suicide Prevention Training hosted by Community Friends Mentoring as a part of the CCMN monthly meeting. When: Wed, Oct 14 | 9:00 - 10:30am Where: Generosity Room | Howard Center | 855 Pine Street | Burlington, VT

October 15: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partners. This month on "School-Based Mentoring: Strategic Interventions to Maximize Positive Youth Outcomes." When: Thurs, Oct 15 | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the links for info or registration.

October 22: Opiates Community Forum
What: A Community Conversation to develop solutions for opiate addiction. This month on "For Parents - Keeping Our Kids Safe." When: Thurs, Oct 22 | 6:30 - 8:30pm Where: Essex High School | 2 Educational Drive | Essex Junction, VT

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. Special opportunities for Vermont attendees: Hotel Deal: Call Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill to reserve room, include "booking with the Mass Mentoring Group” to receive a discounted rate of $109 per night (before tax). Carpool: If you would like to carpool with Mobius the night before the conference, please notify Chad as soon as possible at chad@mobiusmentors.org. There is an option to rent a van to help with transportation if there is enough interest. Visit 2015neconference.org to view the four tracks, as well as event details, registration information and early bird registration: save $20! Early bird registration ends October 7; sign up before the deadline. 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! Early bird registration ends October 2; sign up before the deadline. 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

Want your event to be added to the Dates to Know list?
E-mail newsletter@mobiusmentors.org.

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 will be hosted by Community Friends Mentoring on Wed, Oct 14 from 9:00 - 10:30am at the Howard Center (1138 Pine Street | Burlington, VT). Want more information or to attend the next meeting? E-mail the CCMN group (ccmn@mobiusmentors.org).
Special Training This Month!

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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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.

 
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