Since joining Mobius in the spring of 2013, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and work with mentoring programs across Vermont. While programs differ greatly in model and size they’re all working toward the common goal of improving the lives of young Vermonters.
Mobius’ new role of Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership has created a structure for the organization to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state, but one of the greatest resources to mentoring programs remains their peers: other mentoring programs.
In September, I was invited to attend the Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN) annual retreat and help facilitate a discussion around the group’s purpose and goals for the year. It was great to see the group’s desire to collaborate on events for their programs and to support one another through peer support and professional development opportunities. In the southern part of the state Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Bennington County
and The Mentor Connector are also taking the lead on convening mentoring programs in their area this fall. While all mentoring program professionals are welcome to attend the CCMN meeting and BBBS/Mentor Connector gathering
, Mobius would be excited to help you establish your own mentoring network in your area. If you would like help in doing so, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
New, Statewide Mobius Mentor Discount Card
We are so excited to announce the new, statewide Mobius Mentor Discount Card! Some of you may be familiar with our previous discount card that serviced mentoring programs solely in the Chittenden County area. We are now expanding the discount card to all of Vermont! Now, community-based mentors across the state will be able to affordably enjoy activities with their mentees in their communities, or take a trip to another part of Vermont, and receive unique discounts at local businesses. When the mentor makes a reservation or purchase at participating venues, the mentor can present the Mobius Mentor Discount Card and receive a determined discount at that location. The initiative allows mentors to take their mentees to restaurants, theaters, museums, pools, and a variety of other fun places. Cards will be distributed throughout the month of October.
To receive Mobius Mentor Discount Cards for your mentors, please fill out the Request Form.
To suggest a local business:
Do you have a business in mind at which you know mentors and mentees would enjoy receiving a discount? Have you partnered with a business in the past that could be involved in the discount card? Are you currently receiving a discount at a business? Let us know! The Mobius Mentor Discount Card is an ongoing initiative. New businesses will continue to be added to our partnership list, so it’s never too late to submit a request, suggestion or lead. Thank you to all those who have been so helpful already by referring local businesses! Submit ideas here.
Free UVM Hockey and Basketball Tickets for Mentor Pairs
Thanks to a generous donation from a UVM alumnus, Mobius is able to offer free tickets for mentor pairs to attend hockey and basketball games together this season. There are two tickets available for each men's basketball, women's basketball, and men's hockey home game this fall/winter. Mentors, use this registration form to sign up for a game you would like to attend with your mentee! (In order to allow as many mentor pairs as possible to participate, we ask that you only sign up for one game initially. Depending on interest from other mentors, additional ticket opportunities may become available throughout the season. There are also on-reserve tickets available for women’s basketball through the Mentor Discount Card.)
For more information about each game, visit the UVM Athletics sporting event calendar.
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September is Attendance Awareness Month
, in partnership with MENTOR
and 40 organizations
nationwide, brought a vast amount of education, awareness and opportunity to take steps together toward reducing chronic absences amongst the nation’s youth. Although Attendance Awareness Month
only takes place in September, people can continue to be part of the solution throughout the whole year. Act now by following the link, scrolling down to the ‘What You Can Do’ section, and select one of the tabs that will show you specifically how you can get involved.
Want to get involved? Visit the Attendance Works
website to lean more.
LIVE UNITED Breakfast Event
On September 4th, the United Way of Chittenden County
hosted its LIVE UNITED Breakfast. Executive Director Martha Maksym said, "This event is our opportunity to recognize the precious gifts of time and caring that advocates and volunteers offer our community. Volunteerism and advocacy leverage the gifts of resources from our donors and are critical elements of the work that we do. Time is a precious gift." As a part of the Building Block Awards ceremony, the Sisters of Mercy of Mercy Connections were presented with the 2014 Annual ADVOCATE Award. During the breakfast event, 2014 Community Campaign Chairperson, Robert DiPalma of Paul Frank + Collins, P.C launched the 2014 Community Campaign goal of raising $3,850,000 to support local human service programs and strategic initiatives.
Want to read more? Click here
AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Recap
celebrated its birthday with a big bang! On September 12th, AmeriCorps alumni, current members, supporters, as well as their relatives and friends gathered across the nation to recognize and honor the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps. SerVermont
was one of many AmeriCorps partners to join in on the celebration.
Vermont’s celebration took place at the Vermont State House in Montpelier where the Governor’s Service Awards recipients were honored and AmeriCorps Alums, Mayor John Hollar of Monteplier, and Governor Peter Shumlin addressed the crowd. At the end of the gathering, everyone participated in the nation-wide simultaneous AmeriCorps pledge, led by President Obama via live stream. Afterward, SerVermont invited all attendees to a lunch reception and a variety of service projects in the surrounding areas.
In honor of the anniversary, AmeriCorps put on a "Thunderclap" social media campaign, which reached over 51 million nationwide. People affiliated with or in support of AmeriCorps tweeted, posted and announced via different social media platforms thanking AmeriCorps for #GettingThingsDone.
Learn more about the national celebration here
Cabot Connects Mentoring's 'Ride the Ridges' a Success
Cabot Connects Mentoring
hosted its Ride the Ridges
event on September 14th. What an amazing success for mentoring in Cabot! The event raised $5,000, had a dedicated turnout of more than 100 cyclists, and got an article published in The Hardwick Gazette with a great shot of mentor Doug Kievit-Kyler and his mentee.
Community Friends Mentoring Goes Apple Picking
On Sunday, September 21st, HowardCenter’s Community Friends Mentoring
hosted its annual apple picking event at Shelburne Orchards
! Community Friends mentoring pairs had fun visiting together and exploring the orchard, and were also joined by pairs from the King Street Junior Senior Buddies
program. It was a beautiful day outside and the cider donuts were especially tasty! Mentors and mentees had a lot of fun on the tire swing, the wagon rides, and drinking apple cider. Thank you to all of the mentors and mentees who came out to this festive, fall event! If you haven’t been out apple picking yet this season, plan to go sometime this fall at one of your local orchards and enjoy your time outside.
Mobius will now be collecting information about mentoring events through the quick, easy and simple
'Mentoring Event Submission Form
.' Your mentoring event will be included on our website, on our social media platforms, and in the Vermont Mentoring Newsletter! See all upcoming mentoring events in one place, on the Mobius website: The Mentoring Events Calendar
Vermont Women's Mentoring Program: Mentor Orientation
Wednesday, October 1st (Tomorrow): Do you want to be a friend and make a difference in a woman’s life? Support a woman making the transition from prison back into the community. Mentor Orientation begins October 1, 2014 and is held at Mercy Connections. Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program is a collaborative partnership among Mercy Connections, Vermont Works for Women and the Vermont Department of Corrections. For more information contact Director of Justice and Mentoring Programs, Pam Greene: email@example.com or 802-846-7164.
The Collaborative Auction: NOW LIVE
Throughout October: The Collaborative 2014 Online Auction is LIVE! This is The Collaborative’s main fundraiser for their programs that support substance free youth including The Collaborative Mentor Program. The auction began September 28th and will run until October 31st. The Collaborative would like to prompt everyone, “Remember to bid early and often!”
Vermont Afterschool Conference
Mobius is partnering with Vermont Afterschool to provide a training opportunity to mentoring program staff members. The Vermont Afterschool Conference on October 24th, 2014 at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Stowe is open to mentoring program staff at the member rate of $125. With the keynote speaker (Dr. Robert Brooks) focusing on resiliency and a wide range of workshops to choose from we hope you will find aspects of the conference transferable to the work you do within your mentoring program. There will also be a workshop solely designed for mentoring professionals that are there for us to work together to address key issues that you’re facing in your work and programs. We hope to see you there.
When: Friday, October 24th | 10:00-3:30pm
Where: Stoweflake Mountain Resort
1746 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT 05672
Registration Information: Register Here!
2015 National Mentoring Summit
The 2015 National Mentoring Summit is the only national forum that brings together practitioners, researchers, corporate partners, government and civic leaders, national youth-serving organizations and the network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships to explore and advance mentoring’s positive impact on individuals and communities. This year’s theme focuses on Expanding the Mentoring Effect, with over 60 workshops
of varying topics and skill levels. This year the summit is extended to a three-day event to incorporate an advocacy activity on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 28th.
Where: The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth St NW
Washington, DC 20001
January 28th-30th, 2015
Registration Information: $235/Attendee. Register Here
Book your hotel reservation
now and secure the special hotel room rate of $189 plus tax.
*Note: fees increase after October 3rd
Chittenden County Mentoring Network Meeting
Thursday, October 9th: The Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN) welcomes all mentoring programs to attend this month’s meeting 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. Check out the suggested agenda.
Where: DREAM offices in Ben & Jerry’s
30 Community Drive | South Burlington, VT
When: Thursday, October 9th | 12:00-2:00pm
Hosted by: CCMN
Program Facilitators: Susie Merrick (SB Mentoring)
and Sarah Caliendo (The DREAM Program)
Planning on attending?
E-mail Susie (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sarah (email@example.com).
Want to join the CCMN mailing list?
E-mail CCMN (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington and The Mentor Connector Gathering
Thursday, October 23rd: The 2nd annual Mentor Exchange and Talk (M.E.T.) Forum, put on by Big Brothers Big Sister of Bennington County and in collaboration with The Mentor Connector. The topic will focus on supporting matches through developmental changes featuring guest speaker Rebecca Majoya. For lunch, please, bring your own food. Water and hot drinks will be provided.
When: Thursday, October 3rd | 12:00-1:30pm
Where: UCS Manchester office on Rt 7A 5312 Main Street
Registration Information: RSVP to Sue Pierce (SPierce@UCSVT.org)
Strengthening Links between Formal and Informal Youth Mentoring
Monday, October 20th: Come learn about innovative strategies for improving adult-youth bonds. The goal of the Short Course is to explore innovative strategies in youth mentoring. To a growing extent, formal mentoring programs are incorporating approaches that capitalize on youth’s natural support networks. This includes youth-initiated mentoring, in which youth recruit mentors who are then trained and supported by formal programs. Rather than replace traditional mentoring, such strategies could potentially expand the reach of youth mentoring, reduce programs’ recruitment efforts/expenses, and play an important role in easing youth’s post-program transition. Likewise, after school programs and other youth settings are increasingly encouraging their staff to be more “intentional” about their roles as potential mentors and incorporating evidence-based practices from the field of formal mentoring. By incorporating the best-practices that have been identified in formal mentoring, after-school staff, coaches, 4-H staff, camp counselors, and countless other adults are well-positioned to more effectively leverage their frequent, informal interactions.
Where: Healy Library | 11th Floor | University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard | Boston, MA
When: Monday, October 20th | 8:00-5:45pm
Hosted by: MENTOR and UMB Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring
Registration Information: FREE. Click here to register.
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National Mentoring Resource Center
The National Mentoring Resource Center 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, feel free to ask us any questions that will help you make use of this free resource.
1) Requests for assistance should be for aspects to help your mentoring program better 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.
Mentoring programs can apply here
Vermont Works for Women: Peer Aggression Among Girls
Vermont Works for Women is sponsoring four Peer Aggression Workshops this fall. The workshops are open to educators, administrators, youth service providers, coaches, parents and all adults. They will focus on how to identify and address peer aggression among girls. They will also offer concrete strategies on how to prevent or mitigate the dynamic that severely limits girls’ supportive networks and aspirations. The workshops are grounded in research on the needs of older adolescents and Vermont Works for Women’s report published in 2013
When & Where:
Cost to Attend: $50/Attendee
- Monday, October 27th | 12:30–5:00pm
Rutland, VT | Register Here
- Tuesday, November 11th | 12:30–5:00pm
Brattleboro, VT | Register Here
- Thursday, December 11th | 12:30–5:00pm
St. Johnsbury, VT | Register Here
Elements of Effective Mentoring for Adjudicated Youth
What: A webinar on "Restorative Relationships"
Hosted by: The Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series, a partnership of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and a planning team comprised of other mentoring programs.
When: Thursday, October 16th | 1:00-2:15pm
Register Information: FREE
"Many of us are fortunate to experience the power of supportive relationships in strengthening our belief in ourselves and connection to our community. But for isolated groups like young offenders, how do we create and scaffold supportive relationships that influence change?
If your mentoring program serves adjudicated youth or you're interested in developing services for these young people, join this webinar to hear research on effective practices for mentoring with youth involved in the juvenile justice system, presented by leading researcher Roger Jarjoura, Ph.D, with American Institutes for Research. Dr. Jarjoura will be joined by practitioners currently implementing best practices in this area, including some who have been involved in the juvenile justice system themselves."
Visit the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series webpage to learn more!
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