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This time of year, I have the opportunity to travel around the state and visit with mentoring program staff one-on-one as part of the Vermont Mentoring Grant process. During June and July, I met with 33 potential grant applicants. From Brattleboro to Richford, and from Bennington to St. Johnsbury, applicants ranged from established programs that have been in existence for over 30 years to agencies looking to receive funding to plan a new mentoring program in their area. It is always a highlight of my year to visit with staff members, hear about all the great work their programs are accomplishing, the difference that mentoring is making in their communities, and how Mobius can better support their work.

For the 2016-2017 Vermont Mentoring Grants, Mobius has secured over $350,000 from the Vermont Department for Children and Families, the A.D. Henderson Foundation, and the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children, to grant out to quality-based adult-to-youth mentoring programs in Vermont. Mobius will announce final grant decisions later this fall.

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  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?
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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 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!
  • JUMP Mentoring’s End of the Year Ice Cream Socials | June 2016
Want to submit your recent mentoring event?
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August 18: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partners, this week discussing "Making the Right Match: A Discussion with Experienced Practitioners." When: Thurs, August 18 | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the link for info and/or registration.

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Internet Essentials: Through Comcast's Internet Essentials program, your mentee and his or her family may be eligible to receive high-speed home internet for $9.95/month*, a low-cost computer for $149.99*, and free internet training. Visit the site for eligibility requirements and more information or contact us today. (*plus tax)

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 in TBA. Want more information or to attend the next meeting? Email the CCMN group (

Mentoring 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.

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.

Mentor PSA: What if the people who were there for you during those carefully considered, critical decision-making moments weren’t? 1 in 3 youth in Vermont could benefit from a trusted adult to turn to in real life moments where a little guidance can make all the difference. Spread the message with us by posting to social media sites, including it in your newsletters, and by passing it along to new viewers.
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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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