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January is National Mentoring Month!
National Mentoring Month is now in its 14th year and is a national campaign held each January to thank current mentors and recruit new volunteers. Mobius is working with mentoring programs and supporters throughout Vermont to raise awareness of mentoring through mentor recognition events, mentor pair activities, and benefit dinners at local restaurants.

We are so grateful to have the support of our 2015 Vermont Mentoring Month business sponsors.

Media Sponsor: Comcast
Gold Sponsor: Redstone
Bronze Sponsor: Burlington Town Center Mall, Local Muscle Movers

I hope you will all find your own way to support mentoring in your community in the new year.
National Mentoring Month Is Here! How Will You Celebrate?
National Mentoring Month begins next week. We are excited to celebrate with you throughout the month of January! Here are ways for mentoring programs, mentors, and mentoring supporters to have fun, keep updated and be involved in the month of mentor celebrations:

For Mentoring Programs:

Tell Us About Your Program's National Mentoring Month Events
If you have an event, celebration or benefit during January, let us know by filling out this quick and easy Mentoring Event Submission Form or e-mail questions/details to We will be featuring all program events on the Redstone Mentoring Events Calendar throughout the month! You can continually check the calendar to see all the mentoring events, benefit dinners and other fun celebrations that mentoring programs have set up.

See all the scheduled mentoring program events below.

Use Mobius' National Mentoring Month Webinars and Toolkits
You can watch the 'Vermont Mentoring Month' and 'How to Create and Manage Social Media' webinar recordings, and access our guides and templates to learn how to participate in the campaign. Visit the National Mentoring Month Program Toolkit 2015 page for recordings, guides and templates.

For Mentors and Mentoring Supporters:

Follow Mobius on Social Media

Stay updated throughout the month for new events, announcements, reminders, event happenings and media coverage by liking Mobius on Facebook and following us on Twitter. Additionally, all updated information will be summarized and posted on the Redstone Mentoring Events Calendar.

Help us share access to the latest Vermont mentoring news, opportunities and events with your friends, family, and colleagues! Ask them to like Mobius on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Statehouse Celebration And Governor's Proclamation
Later in January, Mobius will be partnering with Governor Shumlin, Governor Madeline Kunin, and the Vermont House of Representatives to host a statewide mentoring celebration at the Statehouse in Montpelier. This event will be open to mentors, mentees, and mentoring supporters. Look for more information about this event in early January, and be sure to follow us on social media for the latest Vermont Mentoring Month updates.

View and Share The Mentoring Public Service Announcement
Did you know that 1 in 3 young Vermonters will grow up without a formal or natural mentor? That means 32,500 youth in Vermont do not have any adult they can turn to for support beyond their immediate family. Northbranch Media and Mobius worked together to create a new 30-second video to help spread awareness and recruit new mentors for young Vermonters!

Thank you, Northbranch Media, for helping us raise awareness of the need for mentors in Vermont. Thanks also to Comcast, Vermont Mentoring Month Media Sponsor, who will be airing the video as a sponsored ad through the month of January. Share the video with your friends, followers, family and anyone you think would make a good mentor!

Video creation by: Northbranch Media
Media Sponsor: Comcast

Supporting Mentoring in Vermont
We would like to thank everyone who took the time to read Mobius’ mentoring success story about Kaitlyn Lapan in our 2014 Annual Appeal. We are so grateful to all the individuals, businesses, and foundations that have already donated this year to support Mobius and mentoring across Vermont. Your generous donations allow us to serve more than 150 Vermont mentoring programs and 2,500 mentor pairs throughout the state.

It is never too late to become a supporter of Mobius! If you wish to donate to Mobius or read Kaitlyn's story go to our donations pageYou can read a full list of our donors here.

Twinfield Together Mentoring Benefit at Positive Pie in Plainfield
Each Thursday during National Mentoring Month, Positive Pie in Plainfield has pledged to donate a portion of sales to Twinfield Together Mentoring! Be sure to thank Positive Pie when you visit them this month!

Where: Positive Pie
69 Main Street | Plainfield, VT

When: Each Thursday in January:
January 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th | All Day

Mobius' Benefit Bake For Mentoring
You're invited to the 6th Annual Benefit Bake for Mentoring!
On the first Tuesday of the new year, American Flatbread is hosting a Benefit Bake for Mentoring to raise funds and awareness of the need for mentoring in Vermont! In celebration of National Mentoring Month, American Flatbread will donate $3.50 to Mobius for each large flatbread and $1.75 for each small flatbread sold during the benefit bake. Every donation will help Mobius and young Vermonters across the state. Come join us for a night of celebration, good food and more! We are so grateful for our long-time relationship with American Flatbread and for their support of mentor pairs throughout the year.

Where: American Flatbread, Burlington Hearth
115 Saint Paul Street | Burlington, VT
When: Tuesday, January 6th | 5:00-10:00pm
For More Information: Visit the Event Page.

Everybody Wins! Vermont Concert
Join Everybody Wins! Vermont at the Shelburne Vineyard's First Thursday Concert Series. Music from Vermont's legend, Pete Sutherland and pals in Pete's Posse. Enjoy free entry to the concert, as well as food and drink for sale! 10% of proceeds will benefit Everybody Wins! Vermont; a statewide reading & mentoring organization with 11 sites in Chittenden and Addison counties. Over 700 Vermont children will read with a mentor every week in the EW! VT Power Lunch program this year. Dishes are from Headless Barbecue and drinks include Shelburne Vineyard wine and Fiddlehead Brewing Company beer.

Where: Shelburne Vineyard
6308 Shelburne Road | Shelburne, VT
When: Thursday, January 8th | 6:00-8:30pm
For More Information: FREE ADMISSION! Visit the Event Page.

Dinner Series for Milton Mentors
Milton Community Youth Coalition is celebrating National Mentoring Month with a fun and friendly luau themed dinner! Enjoy food, festivities and mentoring. Guests can learn about Milton Mentors and mentoring opportunities in Vermont. Get involved in other ways at the dinner with the Milton Recreation Department, Route 7 Corridor, and Winter Walk Day with Safe Routes To Schools.

Where: Milton Elementary School
42 Herrick Avenue | Milton, VT
When: Monday, January 12th & Tuesday, January 13th | 4:30-7:00pm
Register Information: Free and open to the public! RSVP here.

Girls/Boyz First Mentoring Benefit Dinner
Come enjoy a meal with mentors and Girls/Boyz First Mentoring’s program staff at Sarducci's! For every entree sold, Sarducci's will donate a percentage of the cost to Girls/Boyz First Mentoring.

Where: Sarducci’s Restaurant
3 Main Street | Montpelier, VT
When: Tuesday, January 13th | 4:00-9:00pm

Twinfield Together Mentoring Benefit at Rainbow Sweets Bakery
Bill of Rainbow Sweets Bakery will donate 50% of profits from the day to Twinfield Together Mentoring. Come enjoy one of their famous treats and thank them for their generous support!

Where: Rainbow Sweets
1689 U.S. 2 | Marshfield, VT
When: Wednesday, January 14th | All Day

SB Mentoring Winter Gala Dinner & Silent Auction
SB Mentoring is hosting its Second Annual Winter Gala Dinner & Silent Auction to support the mentoring program in South Burlington and to celebrate National Mentoring Month. Join SB Mentoring for a dinner, dessert, and the silent auction. David Young, superintendent of multiple schools and the South Burlington school district will attend as the Speaker of Honor. Dress is casually elegant.

Where: Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School
500 Dorset Street | South Burlington, VT
When: Saturday, January 17th | 6:00-8:30pm
Register Information: Tickets are $15/each
Register and purchase tickets here.
Questions? Contact Susie Merrick at 802-238-1054 or

Twinfield Together Mentoring Benefit at Maple Valley Café
Enjoy a FREE CUP OF COFFEE on Amanda and Jason of the Maple Valley Café to celebrate the impact of mentoring in our community. Make a donation to Twinfield Together Mentoring in lieu of the price of the coffee.

Where: Maple Valley Café
8195 US Rt 2 | Plainfield, VT
When: Monday, January 19th | All Day

Twinfield Together Mentoring Mentor Appreciation Dinner 
Twinfield Together Mentoring will bring mentors, mentees, families and community members together to celebrate the impact of mentoring in our community.

Where: Twinfield Union School Cafeteria
106 Nasmith Brook Road | Plainfield, VT
When: Thursday, January 22nd | 5:30-7:00pm

SB Mentoring Barnes and Noble Book Fair and Artists' Reception
Please join SB Mentoring for its Barnes and Noble Book Fair and Artists' Reception! Beautiful artwork from young artists in Chamberlin, Orchard, Rick Marcotte Central, and F.H. Tuttle Middle Schools will be on display in the cafe and the children's section for the entire month of January to celebrate National Mentoring Month. On Friday, January 23, SB Mentoring will hold its book fair with special events happening throughout the day and an Artists' Reception from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for our young artists, their families, and all supporters. Additionally, a percentage of all sales from the day will go to support SB Mentoring!

Where: Barnes and Noble Bookstore
102 Dorset Street | South Burlington, VT
When: All Month (Displays)
Friday, January 23rd | 9:00am-8:00pm (Book Fair)
Friday, January 23rd | 5:00-6:00pm (Artists’ Reception)
Twinfield Together Mentoring Benefit at Plainfield Co-op
Plainfield Co-op will show their support of mentoring in our community this month by donating 1% of sales on this day to Twinfield Together Mentoring.

Where: Plainfield Co-op
153 Main Street | Plainfield, VT
When: Friday, January 23rd | All Day

More Events
We will be featuring all program events on the Redstone Mentoring Events Calendar throughout the month! You can continually check the calendar to see all the mentoring events, benefit dinners and other fun celebrations that mentoring programs have set up.

Monkton Mentors of Addison County Have A Night of Flower Fun
On Wednesday, December 3, Monkton Mentors and Advisory Board Members met for a craft night! The mentors had a great night of making paper flowers and holiday ornaments. Everyone had a wonderful time and got plenty of crafts made! All crafts the attendees made together were donated to the annual Monkton Central School Holiday Bazaar. The bazaar is an annual school tradition where students can enjoy the opportunity to shop for reasonably priced holiday gifts for their friends and family members. Items range in cost from $0.25 to $3.00.

Interested in becoming a mentor with Monkton Mentors or supporting the program?
Contact Catherine Shahan at

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:
Spectrum Mentoring
31 Elmwood Avenue
Burlington, VT
Thursday, January 8th
Program Facilitator:
LeeAnn Donner
Planning on attending? E-mail the CCMN group (

2015 National Mentoring Summit
The 2015 National Mentoring Summit is in January! The 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.

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: Support Black Male Achievement
What: A free webinar on "Leveraging Mentoring to Support Black Male Achievement"
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, January 15th, 2014 | 1:00-2:15pm
Register Information: FREE

"MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership has been partnering with Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement to host convenings throughout the country to inform the development of a training curriculum that will prepare mentors to better work with young black men and boys. Join this webinar to hear from Shawn Dove, manager of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, two organizers of the local convenings, as well as a convening participant."

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 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.

Mobius Mentor Discount Card
Community-based Vermont mentors and mentees are now able to enjoy unique discounts from supportive local businesses all across the state. When a mentor makes a reservation or purchase at participating venues, he or she can present the Mobius Mentor Discount Card and receive a discount at that location. The initiative allows mentors to take their mentees to restaurants, theaters, museums, pools, and a variety of other fun places at a discounted price. For the full list of the more than 40 businesses that are participating in the program, visit the discount card web page.
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 or call 802.658.1888

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.

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.
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