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Thank you for being a supporter of mentoring in Vermont! Mobius is launching its 2014 Annual Appeal and we count on the generosity of individual donors like you to help to support the important work we’re doing throughout Vermont to support mentoring programs. I hope you will consider making a donation to help support mentoring across Vermont. You can read the full appeal letter and make a donation here.

2014 Annual Appeal
This summer I sat down for a cup of coffee with a young woman, named Kaitlyn, whom I first met when she was 12 years old and a mentee in the DREAM Program. Seeing Kaitlyn now, it is easy to understand how mentoring has helped shape the woman she has become. She will be graduating from college this year and pursuing a career in healthcare. Since her freshman year, she has been a mentor and a leader in the UVM DREAM Program, dedicating her time and energy to mentor children from a local subsidized housing community, just like the one she grew up in. “I really just wanted to see kids be happy with where they are living and see kids connecting with adults who think they are cool and care about their lives,” she said. “That’s really special and a lot of kids don’t get to have that.”

Kaitlyn’s right! Nationally and here in Vermont, far too many kids don’t get to have that. According to The Mentoring Effect, a 2014 study commissioned by MENTOR (The National Mentoring Partnership), one in three youth in Vermont will enter adulthood without experiencing the benefits of having a natural or formal mentor. That means one out of three children will grow up with no adult outside of their immediate family they feel they can turn to for support. Youth with a caring, consistent adult mentor are:
  • More than twice as likely to hold a leadership position in a club or sports team,
  • 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities,
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities, and
  • 55% more likely to enroll in college.
Kaitlyn’s story is just one of so many successful mentoring relationships that are happening right now across Vermont. As Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, Mobius supports 150 programs that serve approximately 2,500 youth throughout the state. By fostering new programs and providing the necessary resources to bolster existing programs, Mobius ensures that more youth receive the full benefits of mentoring.

Learn more about Kaitlyn’s story, read our full appeal letter, and make a donation here.

- Chad Butt
Giving Tuesday's Unselfie Campaign
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Mobius is excited to support Giving Tuesday’s Unselfie Campaign. Join in on the campaign from now till December 2nd, the National Day of Giving! First, find a way to give to a person, organization or community. Second, take a picture of yourself participating in giving. Third, post it to your Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook using the hashtags #Unselfie and #GivingTuesday.

How can you participate as a supporter of mentoring?
A) Sign up to become a mentor
B) Donate to Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership.
C) Get involved with mentoring and include hashtags #Give4Mentoring and #Thanksgifting in your Unselfie Campaign post.

Mentoring Program Preparations for National Mentoring Month
January 2015 is National Mentoring Month and it is coming up fast! Stay tuned throughout the month of December to receive information about trainings, tools and tips on how your program can join the local festivities here in Vermont. Here's how you can get involved:
 
1) Watch your inbox for an all-inclusive “Vermont Mentoring Month Toolkit” to help your mentoring program spread awareness, educate the community, plan and participate in events, and recruit mentors!

2) Set your calendar and sign up for Mobius’ informational webinars.
  • Tuesday, December 16th | 1:00-2:00pm: Mobius staff present on the 2015 Vermont Mentoring Month campaign, and share resources from the Toolkit. This is for all Vermont mentoring programs. Sign up here.
  • Thursday, December 18th | 1:00-2:00pm: Mobius staff present on Social Media. This is primarily for Vermont mentoring programs who do not regularly use social media, who want to learn more, or who want tips on how to best use social media during January. Sign up here.
3) Ask questions! Mobius will be a resource for mentoring programs to assist you in your National Mentoring Month efforts.

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring Newsletter
“The Chronicle is an online source for sharing new findings and ideas about youth mentoring. The goal of the Chronicle is to encourage active dialogue around evidence-based practice in youth mentoring in ways that improve the practice of youth mentoring.” Mentoring programs, this is a great resource that includes: The Research Corner blog, and edited forum, new mentoring research, research from related fields, Q&A’s with researchers, and expert perspectives from the field’s leading researchers and practitioners. Start getting involved by subscribing to the Chronicle newsletter or by visiting the Chronicle site.

Health Career Exploration Opportunities for Southern VT Students
Exploring a health care career is more than just being a doctor or a nurse, and it’s not just for people who like blood and adrenaline! Students in the southern Vermont can explore careers in healthcare through the Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center's programs.
  • Club Scrubs is an after-school club for middle school students. Through hands-on activities, students learn about careers in healthcare and become inspired to start planning for their future.
  • MedQuest is a one-week program for current 9th-11th graders. Students explore health careers through job shadows, workshops and hands-on activities while staying on a college campus. Two different sessions offered each summer.
  • CollegeQuest is a statewide five-week program for eligible 11th graders. Students will learn about healthcare careers, college preparedness and their personal goals and interests.
  • Project Health Matters is a pilot project for juniors in select schools in southern Vermont. Students in this program will carry out a service-learning project, prepare for graduation and post-secondary education, and participate in further career exploration at UVM. Check out the website to see if your school is part of this pilot project!
  • Classroom Presentations and support to school staff is offered to schools in southern Vermont for students or classrooms that would like to explore health careers.
Please check out SVAHEC's website for more information and resources. If you do not live in the Southern VT region, please visit the Champlain Valley AHEC website or the Northeastern Vermont AHEC website for information about similar exploration opportunities.

Welcome to the Newest Mobius Mentor Discount Card Partner

The Mobius Mentor Discount Card is now in its second month of being a statewide initiative. Mobius would like to welcome to our newest business partner: Vermont State Parks. Mentor pairs will now receive a discounted rate at $2 each for day use admission of all state parks across Vermont! A huge thank you to Vermont State Parks for helping us extend Mobius’ program statewide.

Check out all the current discounts here.
Know a business that may want to join? Fill out this form.
Are you a Vermont business that would like to join the discount card? E-mail me at andreaholt@mobiusmentors.org.

Burlington Police Department's Junior Community Police Academy
Thanks to Gianna R., student at Edmunds Elementary School, the Burlington Police Department will have its first ever Junior Community Police Academy. City Police Chief Michael Schirling and Mayor Miro Weinberger made an announcement on November 19th about the academy, giving full credit to Gianna for being the founder of the project. The program, set to begin in January, will be offered to Burlington kids aged 8 to 15, is free for students, and will be taught by in-house department instructors.

Parental permission and a complete application are also required. If you would like to sign up for this class, please contact Kimberly Caron at 802-540-2107 to get an application. Applications must be returned to Caron at the Burlington Police Department no later than December 17, 2014.

Read up on Gianna and her inspiration for the Junior Community Police Academy here.



 

2014 Vermont Mentor Celebration in Burlington
On Tuesday, November 18, mentors from northwest Vermont had a fun-filled time at the 2014 Vermont Mentor Celebration! Over 100 mentors gathered at ArtsRiot to mingle, enjoy refreshments, and have a great night of appreciation and connection with fellow mentors. It was great to hear from Mark Johnson (a nine-year mentor from the King Street Center), to have guest speaker Police Chief Michael Schirling address the amazing work mentors do in their communities, and ultimately to be able to honor all of the incredible mentors who help make the state a better place.
 
Johnson's words, "I never met a mentor I didn't want to know better” certainly rang true at the celebration. Check out WCAX-TV’s news story to learn more.

Vermont Women's Mentoring Program Annual Fall Harvest Dinner
On Thursday, November 20, Mercy Connections hosted the Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program Annual Fall Harvest Dinner. Mentor pair Pam and Nina were among the more than 50 mentors, mentees, and supporters of the program who joined together to celebrate the harvest season and each other’s company. The Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program is a collaborative partnership among Mercy Connections, Vermont Works for Women, and the Vermont Department of Corrections. The next mentor training begins in February 2015.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, contact Pam Greene (pgreene@mercyconnections.org) today.

Chittenden County Mentoring Network Meeting
The Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN) welcomes all mentoring programs to attend the monthly meetings 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.

Next Meeting:
Where:
United Way of Chittenden County
412 Farrell Street, South Burlington
When:
Thursday, December 11th
12:00-2:00pm
Program Facilitators:
Catherine Shahan
Planning on attending? E-mail the CCMN group (ccmn@mobiusmentors.org)

FREE Trainings with Prevent Child Abuse Vermont for 2014-2015
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (PCAV) is now offering free trainings to support providers, staff, and parents in preventing sexual abuse from occurring. Some suggested and offered topics include, but are not limited to: stages of healthy sexual development, boundary violations, grooming behaviors, signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, responding to disclosures of abuse, identifying and reporting suspected child abuse/overcoming the barriers related to reporting, identifying normal vs. concerning sexual behaviors in children, nurturing healthy sexual development, responding to children’s sexual interactions and questions, and the "strengthening families" approach in action. Keep in mind PCAV is flexible in time, place and concept. Contact PCAV here or at 802-229-5724. Check out PCAV training opportunities here.

Mentor Webinar: Formal and Informal Mentoring
What: A free webinar on "Formal and Informal Mentoring: Strengthening Networks of Support for Young People"
Hosted by: The Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series, a partnership of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and a planning team comprised of state mentoring partnerships and other national partners.
When: Thursday, December 18th, 2014 | 1:00-2:15pm
Register Information: FREE

"In MENTOR’s 2014 Mentoring Effect report, we learned that many young people are having their mentoring needs met through informal mentoring. As many of us know from firsthand experience, young people often develop meaningful relationships with caring adults outside of formal mentoring programs, such as sports coaches, after-school program staff and employers. How can the formal mentoring field expand our services and philosophy to be complementary to and supportive of these informal mentoring relationships?"

Free UVM Hockey and Basketball Tickets for Mentor Pairs
Mobius is currently offering free tickets for mentor pairs to attend men’s ice hockey, women’s ice hockey, and men’s basketball games. There are two tickets available for each home game this fall/winter season. 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.)

Thank you to the generous donation from a UVM alumnus who made the tickets available to Vermont mentor pairs. For more information about each game, visit the UVM Athletics sporting event calendar.

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
When: January 28th-30th, 2015
Registration Information: $375/Attendee. Register Here.

Cabot's Reward Volunteers Program Offers Prizes to Mentors
Cabot Creamery Cooperative's “Reward Volunteers” initiative allows mentors to receive prizes for their service. Make sure you are not missing out! Log your mentoring hours through Mobius’ Vermont Mentoring Database to earn rewards and get a chance to win prizes. “The selection process for Rewards Volunteers prizes is random, but the more volunteer hours a user logs and the more they share their volunteer activity with their friends on Facebook, the more chances they have of winning.”

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 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's last of four Peer Aggression Workshops is this month! The workshops are open to educators, administrators, youth service providers, coaches, parents and all adults. They focus on how to identify and address peer aggression among girls. They 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:
Thursday, December 11th | 12:30–5:00pm
St. Johnsbury, VT | Register Here
                                                                        
Cost to Attend: $50/Attendee
 
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About Mobius:
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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