News from mentoring programs across Vermont.

"MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, of which Mobius is a statewide affiliate, recently came out with a study realizing that one out of three youth throughout America is going to go through childhood without a mentor, whether formal or informal. Looking at the youth in Vermont who face some type of risk factor, you're able to extrapolate out to see that there are at least 15,000 youth out there that could really use mentoring and aren't currently receiving it."  - Executive Director Chad Butt, in an interview with Keith McGilvery of WCAX News on April 13th, 2014.

One way to recruit mentors for these Vermont youth is through public awareness. Mobius’ mission is to develop a culture of mentoring in Vermont, and through cooperation with mentoring programs across the state, we've been creating a buzz in statewide media over the past few months. Read our latest blog post, "Creating a Culture of Mentoring In Vermont Through Public Awareness," to access these TV appearances and publications and meet some Vermont mentors and mentees!

Free Webinar Explores Role of Parents in Youth Mentoring

On Thursday, May 15th, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM, the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series will offer a free webinar, "Parents as Partners: Research and Strategies for Engaging Parents in Youth Mentoring Programs." This webinar will "explore strategies for family engagement in mentoring programs" with leading researchers and will "summarize research on the interactions between mentoring programs and parents of mentees and review recommended practices for boosting parent engagement."

Click here for more information and to register for the webinar!

This webinar is part of a regular, national series of mentoring webinars. MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership facilitates the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series (CMWS) in partnership with the CMWS planning team, a group of several statewide partnerships. According to MENTOR's website, "through ongoing planning and evaluation of the latest developments in the field, the team delivers a webinar each month focused on strengthening mentoring practice, sharing new resources, and helping the field put research into practice."

National Volunteer Month: The Importance of Vermont Volunteers
Communication and Technology Manager Benji Thurber's op-ed "The Importance of Volunteering" appeared in The Times Argus on April 30th. In recognition of April as National Volunteer Month, Benji examined the many ways that volunteers are making change in Vermont. He discussed his service at Mobius as an AmeriCorps member through the Vermont Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA Program, how volunteers benefit from their service, and how many Vermont legislators show their appreciation of volunteers in the state.
Benji specified volunteers' effects within the mentoring community: "Largely because of my service, and the efforts of the VISTA members who served before and after me at Mobius and those who served with our partner programs, the total number of mentoring matches in the region grew from 350 in 2003 to more than 900 in 2012. I invite you to pause and think about that for a moment — a handful of volunteers behind the scenes helped mentoring programs in their community organize enough fellow citizens to close a gap of nearly 600 young people in need of mentors."

"Mentoring Hope:" Starksboro Mentor Pair Featured on WCAX
As part of a three-part series on mentoring, Mentoring Hope, Part 1 aired on April 8th on WCAX-TV’s 6 o'clock news. Keith McGilvery interviewed Margaret and Hope, a mentoring pair through the Starksboro Mentoring Program.
“Margaret, I am really thankful that I have you as a mentor because you are the most amazing person I have met in my life,” said Hope, a nine-year-old mentee from Robinson Elementary School.

Her mentor, Margaret Clark Jackson, said, “It’s just been very good to feel part of her life and that I was doing something that apparently was making a difference.”
Mentoring Hope, Part 2 aired on April 9th. This segment featured an interview with Hope’s mother, Brenda, who described mentor Margaret: “She fills a space in Hope’s life that allows Hope to have someone different and someone who can do some of the little things she likes to do.”

Visit our blog for links to see Parts 1 and 2 of "Mentoring Hope". See an interview with Starksboro Mentoring Coordinator Amy Johnston and learn more about this amazing program.

Do you have recent or upcoming events or stories that you'd like to share with the Vermont mentoring community? E-mail!

Ask the Expert Mentor Training: Kids and Substance Abuse
“On April 10th, Ruth D'Angelo, Assistant Director of Family and Community Programs at HowardCenter's Child, Youth and Family Services, presented to Community Friends Mentors and staff on Kids and Substance Abuse as part of the Ask the Expert series put on by the Community Friends Mentoring Program for mentors across Chittenden County.” – Catherine Shahan, Program Coordinator of  HowardCenter's Community Friends Mentoring program.

Bowl for Kids' Sake 2014

On April 5th, mentoring supporters gathered at Bennington Lanes for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County's 2014 Bowl for Kids' Sake. Jaci Brillon Photography captured this moment and many others-check out the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County's Facebook page to see more of the fun!

"We raised a little over $40,000. There was a lot of fun and great energy from this year’s participants." - Kara Reimann, Bennington BB/BS Program Coordinator

Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service in Vermont
On April 1st, Mobius' AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Vermont Youth Tomorrow program, Daron Blake, and AmeriCorps alumnus and Mobius Communications and Technology Manager Benji Thurber traveled to Montpelier to participate in the Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service in Vermont at the Vermont State House.

SerVermont hosted this event, at which national service members from across the state met with Governor Shumlin, Mayor Lauzon of Barre, and Mayor Hollar of Montpelier to discuss and appreciate all that AmeriCorps members do for the state of Vermont. This celebration was a thoughtful way to begin National Volunteer Month- thank you to all who participated!

10th Annual JUMP Jazz Jubilee
"The JUMP Mentoring Program, based at Northeast Kingdom Youth Services in St. Johnsbury, VT, will be holding our 10th Annual JUMP Jazz Jubilee fundraiser on May 3rd, 2014 at 6 pm at the St. Johnsbury Country Club, Memorial Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT. Each year, this fundraiser brings in the bulk of our funding, in order to match community volunteers with at-risk youth in our local schools (grades 1-8). Each mentor commits to spend one hour a week with their mentee for a time period of one school year. 94% of our mentors continue on with their mentee as they progress in upcoming years, and some will turn into community-based relationships in the future. 

The event includes a live and silent auction, entertainment and spectacular hors d’oeuvres. Pre-Register for $35 per ticket or at the door for $40 per ticket. Contact us at (802) 748-8732 with any questions or to purchase tickets. We look forward to seeing you all there to support our JUMP Mentoring Program."- Sarah Sanville, JUMP Coordinator

Fundraising Night for Chittenden County Mentoring at Panera Bread

When: Thursday, May 8th, 2014 from 4PM to 8PM.
Where: Panera Bread, 37 Church Street, Burlington
What: Click on the logo to the left to access the event flyer. This flyer can be printed or shown electronically at Panera. If enough customers show the flyer, part of the night's proceeds will benefit mentoring programs in Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties!

City Market Cooking Class: Picnic Supper
City Market's Picnic Supper class is free for kids ages 6-12 who are accompanied by a mentor!

Other monthly classes are FREE for teens (13 and up) accompanied by a mentor! Instructions for how to sign up are in the flyer to the right. New promotional code: “mentorscook.”

What: Picnic Supper class for kids ages 6-12 and accompanying adults
When: Monday, May 26th, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Where: McClure Multi-Generational Center
Registration: Visit City Market's class calendar for details.

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Created by Vermont Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA Daron Blake.      

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.