Mobius Has New Board Members
Mobius is excited to announce the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors: Bonnie Ferro and Rob Niccolai. Ferro and Niccolai share a passion for supporting youth, and bring a wide range of experience and expertise to the organization.
“As a longtime advocate of mentoring, I am excited to be joining the Mobius Board,” said Ferro, a resident of Burlington. “Having a mentor enhances children’s self-esteem and expands their possibilities for academic and life success.” Ferro currently serves as director of the Charles P. Ferro Foundation, and previously worked as the executive director of Everybody Wins! Vermont
, a statewide literacy-based mentoring organization. Prior to her time at Everybody Wins!, Ferro worked for the Shelburne Museum
and the King Street Center
Niccolai, a resident of Charlotte, is currently president and principal of KSV
, a Burlington-based advertising agency that specializes in energy efficiency and sustainability. He has a wide range of experience at marketing agencies across the country. “I'm excited to join Mobius and support those committed to mentoring in Vermont,” said Niccolai. “Being a positive role model and sharing what we know is transformational. We all have that one person who made all the difference.”
To learn more, please read the full announcement on VTDigger
or visit the Mobius Board of Directors webpage
In Case You Missed It: Mentoring at the CCV Commencement
Did you catch Mark Redmond's (director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services
) 2016 Community College of Vermont (CCV) Commencement speech
? Mark, a long-term advocate of mentoring, gave a great speech about his mentoring experiences with a New American family over the past decade and a half. The oldest daughter of the family, Madina, graduated from CCV this spring, and will be attending the University of Vermont on a full scholarship this fall.
Aware Vermont Provides Free Youth Mental Health Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour public education program, hosted by Aware Vermont
, which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Each participant will receive a Youth Mental Health First Aid Manual and certification which is valid for three years. Educators will receive 6.5 professional development hours during completion of the course.
The training will take place on Tuesday, August 2nd at 8:30 - 4:00pm. Youth Mental First Aid will meet in Room #112 in the SD Ireland Building at Champlain College. To sign up, please email Lance Metayer firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 802-582-8039
to confirm your spot.
Mobius Mentor Discount Card Update
Mentors and mentees, want to explore a farm and meet new animals together? Check out the latest addition to the Mobius Mentor Discount Card. The Retreat Farm in Brattleboro is offering free admission to its Barnyard for both mentors and mentees. What a great opportunity and a fun way to spend time together outside. To learn more about this discount and the other more than 60 discount opportunities across the state, visit the Mobius Mentor Discount Card webpage.
Have a favorite business that you want to see join the card?
Email your suggestions to email@example.com.
Recent Mentoring Events Blog
Starting earlier this year, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!