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January is National Mentoring Month, a designated time each year to thank current mentors and raise awareness of the need for more mentors. 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 the national campaign is “Mentor In Real Life,” which allows mentoring supporters and mentors to talk about the real-life benefits of mentoring. I invite you to share your mentoring stories with your friends, family, and colleagues, and to join us in celebrating National Mentoring Month 2017.

Who Are YOU Voting For as Comcast Mentor of the Year?
Choose from one of nine amazing finalists, and read their stories, by visiting www.mobiusmentors.org/ComcastMentorOfTheYear. Voting is open through Sunday, January 8th.

At Mobius, we believe all adults who commit the time to become a mentor are worthy of being recognized for their service. The select few who are chosen as finalists for the Mentor of the Year Award go above and beyond in their support for mentoring and the programs they represent. The eventual winner will represent the collective movement that all mentors are a part of by acting as a caring friend for a young person in their community. The winning mentor will be honored by Comcast at Mobius’ annual Mentoring Celebration at the Statehouse later in January. *Anyone is eligible to vote, but please limit yourself to one submission.



Vermont Mentoring Month Business Supporters
Here at Mobius, we are grateful to the businesses who have stepped up to help make our annual Vermont Mentoring Month festivities possible, including Lead Statehouse Event Sponsor Redstone Commercial Group, Comcast and a wide range of other sponsors from the local business community.

Nationally, the campaign is spearheaded by MENTOR (The National Mentoring Partnership), the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Highland Street Foundation.



How to Join Us in Celebrating 2017 National Mentoring Month
For  Mentors & Community Members:
  • Find a mentoring event near you! Mobius and mentoring programs around the state organize a wide variety of activities throughout the month of January to celebrate National Mentoring Month with mentor recognition events, mentor pair activities, and benefit events at local businesses. For more information on mentoring events in your community, please visit our Mentoring Events Calendar.
  • Show Your Support on Social Media! Use campaign images to join the online conversation (click on the image below to access a list of all the social media options.) We encourage you, also, to share your mentoring stories in ways that connect to the different dates in the campaign. For more information, please visit Mobius’ National Mentoring Month page.
For Mentoring Coordinators & Program Directors:
  • Mobius has a detailed toolkit of resources to help you and your program participate in Vermont Mentoring Month 2017. Follow this link to access tools for raising awareness through media outreach, a social media guide, and sharing your local events with a wider audience. View the recorded webinar at the top of the page for full information, and contact Mobius if you have any questions or are looking for assistance.
Save the Date: 2017 Mentoring Celebration at the Statehouse
We invite you to join us for our keynote Mentoring Month event, the annual Mentoring Celebration at the Statehouse. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, January 18. More details and a full invitation will be headed your way in early January!

Have You Made a Donation to Support Mentoring?
As the year draws to a close, we invite you to read Hope and Margaret's story in our Annual Appeal (www.mobiusmentors.org/make-a-donation) and consider making a donation either to Mobius, or to a mentoring program in your area. With your support, we can continue to grow the mentoring community in Vermont, and ensure that more young Vermonters are able to receive the benefits of having a mentor in their lives.
 
Want to submit your recent mentoring event?
Email benji@mobiusmentors.org for questions and submissions.
January 14th: SB Mentoring Winter Gala
What: SB Mentoring will celebrate its 60 mentors and their commitment to honoring the young leaders in the program, as well as National Mentoring Month, with a Winter Gala Dinner and Silent Auction. Tickets are $15 with all proceeds supporting materials for mentors and young leaders in the program. For further information and to purchase tickets, please contact Healthy Schools Coordinator Susie Merrick at smerrick@sbschools.net or (802) 652-7035. When: Sat, Jan 14th | 6:00 - 8:30pm Where: Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School | 500 Dorset St | So. Burlington, VT

January 16th: MLK National Day of Service
What: The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley will be volunteering in White River Junction at The Haven; preparing lunch for residents there. When: Mon, Jan 16th Where: The Haven | 713 Hartford Ave | White River Junction, VT

January 18th: Mentoring Celebration at the Statehouse
What: Join Mobius for the keynote Mentoring Month event, the annual Mentoring Celebration at the Statehouse. More details and a full invitation will be headed your way in early January! When: Wed, Jan 18th Where: Vermont Statehouse | 115 State St | Montpelier, VT

January 19th: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partners, this week discussing "Nurturing Social Emotional Growth in Young PeopleWhen: Thurs, Jan 19th | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the link for info and/or registration.

January 24th: Annual Upper Valley Appreciation Dinner
What: The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley will be honoring their mentors. Each mentor and guest is invited to come for free; co-sponsored by Colatina Exit Restaurant and Wells River Savings Bank. When: Tues, Jan 24th Where: Colatina Exit Restaurant | 164 N Main St | Bradford, VT

January 24th: Mentor Appreciation Night
What: Please join the Chittenden County Mentoring Network in celebrating mentors in northwestern Vermont as a part of National Mentoring Month! This event is located at the Burlington International Airport in the mezzanine. Light hor d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. When: Tues, Jan 24th | 5:30 - 7:00pm Where: Burlington International Airport | 1200 Airport Dr | So. Burlington,VT

January 28th: Franklin Mentees, Mentors & Family Celebration
What: Franklin County Caring Communities is having a celebration in Enosburgh. It will be a mentor, mentee and family get together and the program will be recognizing a local donor as well as celebrating some match milestones. When: Sat, Jan 28th | 10:00 - 12:00pm Where: The Dairy Center | 713 Hartford Ave | Enosburgh, VT

January 28th: Upper Valley Benefit Concert
What: The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley will be hosting a benefit concert in the upstairs secions of the Colatina Exit. A mentor, Thomas Chapin, will perform in his band, "Twisted Nickers." They will be playing for free, but the event is by donation at the door! Colatina Exit has also agreed to contribute some of their proceeds from the night. When: Sat, Jan 28th Where: Colatina Exit Restaurant | 164 N Main St | Bradford, VT

January 28th: 10th Annual Mentor Bowl
What: Once a year hundreds of Rutland County residents come together to have fun and raise money for mentoring at the Annual Mentor Bowl. 100% of this money directly impacts the youth of Rutland County. When: Sat, Jan 28th | 12:30 - 6:30pm Where: Rutland Bowlerama | 158 S Main St #2 | Rutland, VT

February 1st-3rd: 2017 National Mentoring Summit
What: The seventh annual National Mentoring Summit will explore the theme of “Building Relationships, Advancing the Movement” with local and national mentoring partners. When: Wed - Fri, Feb 1st - 3rd | 2017 Where: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown | 999 9th St NW | Washington, DC Register: $375/person, register here.

Want your event to be added to the Dates to Know list?
Email newsletter@mobiusmentors.org.
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 TBD. Want more information or to attend the next meeting? Email the CCMN group (ccmn@mobiusmentors.org).

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.

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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About Mobius:
Mobius is supported by the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, the A.D. Henderson Foundation, and the Vermont Department for Children and Families. 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.