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January 2016 is National Mentoring Month, a designated time each year to thank current mentors and recruit new volunteers. Here in Vermont, Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership partners with mentoring programs and supporters around the state to organize local festivities and celebrate our collective efforts to develop a culture of mentoring, and provide support for young Vermonters in every corner of the state.

The theme of this year's national campaign is “Mentor In Real Life,” which allows mentoring supporters and mentors to talk about the real-life benefits of mentoring. We invite you to share your mentoring stories with your friends, family, and colleagues, and to join us in celebrating National Mentoring Month 2016.

To learn more about how you can join the festivities, we encourage you to read through this month's newsletter, and visit the Vermont Mentoring Month page on our website.

Thank You Vermont Mentoring Month Sponsors
Vermont Mentoring Month 2016 is made possible through the continued support of Lead Sponsor Redstone Commercial Group and Mentor of the Year/Media Sponsor Comcast/NBC Universal, Statehouse Celebration Sponsors KeyBankGreen Mountain Power, and Cabot Creamery Cooperative, as well as Vermont Mentoring Month Sponsors Heritage AviationLocal Muscle MovingHunger Mountain Coop, 802Cars.Com, and New England Federal Credit Union.

Mentoring Celebration at the Statehouse
We invite you to join Mobius, mentoring staff, and mentors and supporters from programs across the state for our annual Mentoring Celebration at the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday, January 14. This statewide gathering, made possible by Lead Sponsor Redstone Commercial Group, is the signature event in Vermont for National Mentoring Month (January 2016).

This year, we will be joined by 2016 Vermont Mentoring Month Spokesperson Michael Schirling, retired Chief of Police from Burlington and a long-time supporter of mentoring, as well as Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe. The event will also feature a presentation of the 2016 Mentor of the Year Award by Comcast, the readings of the proclamation by Governor Shumlin and the resolution by the House of Representatives, and complimentary lunch and statehouse tours.

Mentors and supporters have the option to sign up as individuals, or program coordinators can sign up for all the participants in your program. Register through this form by the end of the day on Tuesday, January 12.

Join the National Mentoring Month Conversation
Mentors and supporters, want to learn how you can join us in celebrating National Mentoring Month on social media? Our National Mentoring Month webpage is filled with key campaign dates, and images from the national campaign.  Visit the Vermont Mentoring Month webpage today to get started, and be sure to follow Mobius on Facebook and Twitter for updates and ideas throughout the month!

Missed the Vermont Mentoring Month Webinar?
Mentoring program staff, National Mentoring Month 2016 is here and Mobius is excited to share the 2016 Vermont Mentoring Month Toolkit to learn how your program can participate in the statewide festivities. If you missed the informational webinar in December, we encourage you to watch the online recording.

Risk Management for Mentoring Webinar
Mentoring Central is hosting a three-part webinar series that will focus on how mentoring programs can decrease the potential for harm to anyone involved in a mentoring relationship. Join expert researchers (Drs. Janis Kupersmidt and Rebecca Stelter) and practitioner (Ms. Sharon Daura) who will provide a thorough exploration of the 19 risk management topics outlined in the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, with the goal of helping you to fine-tune your existing program policies or develop new ones. The first webinar in the Risk Management series introduces the importance of addressing risk management within a mentoring program, and developing policies and practices to prevent and respond to risky situations. Part one of the three-part series will be Tuesday, January 19th at 1:00pm (EST)Register and get more information on Risky Business Part I: Developing your mentoring program’s risk management and safety policies.

Howard Center's Mentor is the Hometown Hero
Howard Center’s Community Friends Mentoring Mentor Emily Harwood has been selected as January’s Hometown Hero! You can watch her receive her award Thurs, Jan. 14th at 5:30 pm. United Way of Chittenden County and WPTZ's Tom Messner will be presenting her with a plaque live at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center on WPTZ.

Last Two Months for Free UVM Hockey & Basketball Tickets
Thanks to a generous donation from a UVM alumnus, Mobius is once again able to offer a pair of free tickets to every UVM home hockey and basketball game during the 2015-2016 season. Tickets are going fast and we only have games for women's hockey and women's basketball left. Sign-up now to reserve a game day! All mentors need to do is fill out the form, select the game or games they plan to attend, and make sure they include contact information in their response. Then Benji will follow up to get them their tickets.

Want to view all the Vermont Mentoring Month 2016 events? Visit the Mentoring Events Calendar for more information and updates about events across the state.

January 12: 2016 Mentoring Appreciation Night at Colatina Exit
 The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley is celebrating mentors and mentees with a relaxing evening. Enjoy great food, live music by Tony Mason, and great company—while honoring our volunteer mentors. When: Tues, Jan. 12 | 5:00 – 9:00pm Where: Colatina Exit | 164 Main Street | Bradford, VT || More Here.

January 14: I Am a Mentor Day!
What: Are you a mentor? Join the online conversation and share why you decided to volunteer in real life on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn! Use #IamaMentorDay #MentorIRL to join the conversation. When: Thurs, Jan. 14 | All Day Where: Online.

January 14: Mentoring Celebration at the Vermont Statehouse
What: We invite you to join Mobius, mentoring staff, and mentors and supporters from programs across the state for our annual Mentoring Celebration at the Vermont Statehouse. This year, we will be joined by 2016 Vermont Mentoring Month Spokesperson Michael Schirling, retired Chief of Police from Burlington, and Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe. The event will also feature a presentation of the 2016 Mentor of the Year Award by Comcast, a reading of the proclamation by Governor Shumlin and the resolution by the House of Representatives, and complimentary lunch and statehouse tours. When: Thurs, Jan. 14 | 9:30 – 2:30pm Where:The Vermont Statehouse | 115 State Street | Montpelier, VT.
January 16: Annual Winter Gala
What: SB Mentoring's 3rd Annual Winter Gala to celebrate National Mentoring Month with a dinner. Contact Susie Merrick at (802) 238-1054 or to purchase tickets. Tickets are $15. When: Sat, Jan. 16 | 6:00 - 8:30pm Where: F.H. Tuttle Middle School | 500 Dorset Street | South Burlington, VT || More Here.

January 17: International Mentor Day!
What: Celebrate the role of a mentor, join the world to share ideas around mentorship, and create a space for an international conversation. The goals of this special day are to highlight the international power of mentorship in connection with National Mentoring Month to foster a global understanding, and build a broad-based mentoring momentum, networks and movement. Use #MentorIRL and #NationalMentoringMonth to join the conversation. When: Sun, Jan. 17 | All Day Where: Worldwide.

January 18 & 25: Benefit Night at Positive Pie
What: Twinfield Together Mentoring Program will receive a portion of sales from Positive Pie in Plainfield for each Monday in National Mentoring Month. Stop by for lunch or dinner on any Monday to show support. When: Mon, Jan. 18 & 25 | 11:30 – 9:00pm Where: Positive Pie | 69 Main Street | Plainfield, VT || More Here.

January 18: Free Coffee for Mentoring at Maple Valley Cafe
What: Twinfield Together Mentoring Program gets 100% of donations made in lieu of free coffee on owners, Amanda and Jason, to celebrate the impact of mentoring in the Plainfield and Marshfield communities. When: Mon, Jan. 18 | 6:30 - 2:00pm Where: Maple Valley Cafe | 8195 US-2 | Marshfield, VT || More Here.

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day
What: Watershed Mentoring Program, a part of Franklin County Caring Communities, is hosting an event where mentors and mentees can learning about and helping out at Chester's Promise Equine Assistance Program. When: Mon, Jan. 18 | 1:00 – 3:00pm Where: 1524 Watertower Road | Enosburg Falls, VT || More Here.

January 19: Sarducci's Fundraising Day for Mentoring
What: Girls/Boyz First Mentoring will receive a percentage of all meals from Sarducci’s Restaurant on January 19. When: Tue, Jan. 19 | 11 – 9pm Where: Sarducci's | 3 Main Street | Montpelier, VT || More Here.

January 19: Mobius' Annual Benefit Bake for Mentoring
What: Mobius will receive a portion of every flatbread purchased on January 19! Our friends at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth will be hosting us again this year for our annual benefit bake, in celebration of National Mentoring Month. $3.50 is donated for every large flatbread and $1.75 is donated for every small flatbread to Mobius, to support mentoring across the state. If you can't stay for a sit-down dinner, that's okay -- takeout orders qualify too. When: Tue, Jan. 19 | 5:00 – 11:30pm Where: American Flatbread Burlington Hearth | 115 St Paul Street | Burlington, VT || More Here.

January 19: Risk Management Webinar
What: A three-part webinar series hosted by Mentoring Central and a team of expertsThis month on "Risky Business Part 1: Developing Your Mentoring Program’s Risk Management and Safety Policies." When: Tues, Jan. 19 | 1:00 - 2:30pm Where: Online. Follow the link for info or registration.

January 20: Breakfast Table with Ginny McGehee
What: Radio show appearance at 8:20am, arrive at studio by 8:00am. When: Wed, Jan. 20 | 8:00 – 9:00am Where: On Air | WJOY | 70 Joy Drive | South Burlington, VT.

January 21: Thank Your Mentor Day!
What: Were you lucky enough to have a mentor influence your life? Today is a day to reflect on the ways we have all benefited from a mentor. Be sure to thank your mentor today on Thank Your Mentor Day! Honor them for all they did for you in real life. Join the online conversation and share your mentoring stories on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn! Use #ThankYourMentorDay #MentorIRL to join the conversation. When: Thurs, Jan. 21 | All Day Where: Online.

January 21: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partnersThis month on "Assuring Your Financial Future: Strategies to Sustain Your Program." When: Thurs, Jan. 21 | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the links for info or registration.

January 21: Mentor Appreciation Dinner
What: Twinfield Together Mentoring Program's youth mentees, families and community members come together to celebrate and thank our mentors with a special dinner. When: Thu, Jan. 21 | 5:30 – 7:00pm Where: Twinfield Union School | 106 Nasmith Brook Road | Plainfield, VT || More Here.

January 22: Barnes & Noble Book Fair
What: SB Mentoring is celebrating National Mentoring Month at Barnes and Noble. Stop by the Welcome Table to say "Hi!" and learn more about mentoring. Special events will be happening throughout the day. A percentage of all sales will go to support SB Mentoring! When: Fri, Jan. 22 | 9:00am – 10:00pm Where: Barnes & Noble | 102 Dorset Street | South Burlington, VT || More Here.

January 23: 9th Annual Mentor Bowl
What: The Mentor Connector brings together mentors, mentees, and supporters for the 9th annual bowling fundraiser to support mentoring in Rutland County. There will be food, fun, prizes, and games throughout the afternoon, and all proceeds will go to support The Mentor Connector. When: Sat, Jan. 23 | 12:30 – 5:00pm Where: Rutland Bowlerama | 158 S Main St #2 | Rutland, VT || More Here.

January 23: Winterfest at Shelburne Farms
What: Howard Center's Community Friends Mentoring is celebrating National Mentoring Month at Shelburne Farms' Annual WinterFest! Meet program staff and other pairs for an afternoon of sledding, sleigh rides, and other indoor and outdoor activities. When: Sat, Jan. 23 | 12:00 – 3:00pm Where: Shelburne Farms | 1611 Harbor Road | Shelburne, VT || More Here.

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. 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.

January 30: Mentor and Mentee Games
What: The King Street Center is putting on a ton of fun - play fun board games, run around during open gym and enjoy lunch with your mentee, all in the new King Street Center building in Burlington. Throughout the month of January, King Street mentors are invited to submit an essay about their mentoring experience. The winner will be announced through a random drawing at the event! When: Sat, Jan. 30 | 10:30 – 12:30pm Where: King Street Center | 87 King Street | Burlington, VT || More Here.

January 31: Mentor Benefit Day at the Plainfield Coop
What: Twinfield Together Mentoring Program is celebrating all the way till the last day of National Mentoring Month. Plainfield Co-op will show their support of mentoring in our community this month by donating 1% of sales on Sunday, January 31! When: Sun, Jan. 31, 9:00 – 8:00pm Where: Plainfield Food Coop and Community Center | 153 Main Street | Plainfield, VT || More Here.

Want your event to be added to the Dates to Know list?
Vermont Women's Mentoring Program:
Help make positive change today: Support a woman making the transition from prison back into the community. The Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program is a collaborative partnership between Mercy Connections, Vermont Works for Women, and the Vermont Department of Corrections.  Mentor training begins February 3, 2016 and runs each Wednesday for four weeks. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, contact Pam Greene (  or 802-846-7164 today!

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, Jan 13th from 9:00 - 10:30am at the Howard Center (208 Flynn Avenue | Burlington, VT). Want more information or to attend the next meeting? E-mail the CCMN group (

Mentor Connector: MENTOR recently launched 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 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.”

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.
MMDC: The Mobius Mentor Discount Card (MMDC) is an initiative that allows mentors to take their mentees to restaurants, theaters, museums, pools, and a variety of other fun places at a discounted price. Enjoy unique discounts from more than 40 participating local businesses all across the state by bringing the card during mentoring hours.

MCSP: The Mobius Community Service Program (MCSP) is a new resource designed to make volunteering fun and accessible for mentor pairs across the state. In collaboration with 10 local non-profit organizations, Mobius offers a variety of unique service opportunities. Additionally, by tracking the hours they spend volunteering, mentor pairs can qualify for a monthly prize drawing.

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.

Get Active: Starting in the summer of 2015, Mobius and the Vermont Department of Health are partnering in an effort to provide resources and guidance for mentoring organizations and mentors across the state to incorporate some form of physical activity into their programming. Program staff and mentors, find out how you can help encourage mentees to live an active, healthy lifestyle by viewing the Getting Active and Making a Difference guidebook.

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.
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