I'm excited to announce that in March, Mobius released the revised versions of the Vermont Mentoring Surveys. This important evaluation tool provides mentoring programs in Vermont with a way to track common data about the effects mentoring is having on youth served by their program, and allows Mobius to track aggregate data about mentoring throughout the state.
I hope you will go to the Mobius website to learn more about the 2015 Vermont Mentoring Surveys.
Meet Mobius' New AmeriCorps VISTA: Sophie!
We are so excited to introduce our newest member of the Mobius team! Sophie will be joining Andrea as an AmeriCorps VISTA
at the Mobius office until the end of the VISTA year in August 2015. Sophie graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM)
in 2014, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Green Building and Community Design. Her love of spending time with children inspired her to become a Preschool Nature Camp Intern at the Green Mountain Audubon Center
after her sophomore year at UVM. This experience opened her eyes to environmental education as a way to inspire children to care for nature and one another, through fun and engaging learning opportunities. Since then, Sophie has worked as a Watershed Educator with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant
/UVM Watershed Alliance
, a nanny for families in the Burlington area, and served in the Vermont Youth Tomorrow
AmeriCorps VISTA program at Montpelier Parks
to continue teaching youth while learning from their unique points of view. She looks forward to supporting youth and their mentors during her time with Mobius
April is National Volunteer Month
We are so excited to celebrate National Volunteer Month with mentors and volunteers from a variety of causes across Vermont. There are lots of amazing opportunities for volunteers to get involved in across the state. Participants can find a volunteer project through the All for Good
website and use #NVW2015
to join in on the national conversation.
Volunteer Dates to Remember:
April 7th: Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service
April 12-18th: 41st National Volunteer Week
April 22nd: Earth Day
April 24th: Arbor Day
May 2nd: Vermont's "Green Up Day"
Do you know a mentee who loves to serve or has been involved in service?
Tell us his or her story by e-mailing details to Benji at firstname.lastname@example.org
We Welcome New Executive Director to the Mentor Connector
The Mentor Connector
Board recently announced that Christopher Hultquist will serve as the Mentor Connector's new Executive Director. His first day was March 20th! Chris formerly served as director of outreach for the Pregnancy Center of the Upper Valley
and succeeds Rebecca Majoya, who decided to step away from mentoring to pursue other interests after leading Mentor Connector and being a key figure in mentoring throughout Vermont for more than seven years. “Chris is uniquely qualified, given his broad and deep knowledge of mentoring, his skillful leadership and, perhaps most importantly, Chris’ history of delivering consistently superior results even as he has undertaken greater responsibilities.” said Gina Kelley, vice president of the Mentor Connector Board, who led the recruitment effort. Chris was proud to declare, “This organization is vital for the youth of Rutland County and I am excited by this opportunity to lead the Mentor Connector at a time of such possibility." Welcome to the Vermont mentoring community, Chris!
Pipeline to College: A NEVAHEC Success Story
Meet Craig. Craig is a high school senior in Washington County. As a sophomore, he was accepted into the MedQuest Health Careers Exploration
program of the Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center (NEVAHEC)
, during which he gained basic medical terminology and science lab skills, learned to take vital signs, obtained CPR and First Aid Certification, and experienced four job shadows with a variety of health professionals. Medical students from UVM staff MedQuest, providing excellent mentorships that continue beyond the program. During MedQuest, Craig discovered an interest in dentistry. Then as a junior, Craig was accepted into the CollegeQuest to Health Careers
program for rising seniors. Now in his senior year, Craig says that because of his MedQuest and CollegeQuest experiences, he feels entirely confident to pursue college and has no doubt he will be successful! Craig asked for help in finding a dentist to job shadow, so AHEC’s Health Careers Coordinator was able to engage a local dentist who provided Craig with an unpaid internship during after-school hours. He has now applied to and been accepted at several colleges, and has signed on with his top choice, which has a fantastic dental hygiene degree program!
Craig’s experiences epitomize the AHEC health careers pipeline model. If you know a high school or middle school student mentee in Vermont who has an interest in the healthcare field, NEVHEC would love to help support more young Vermonters, like Craig, in pursuing their dreams. Please check the NEVHEC website
to explore the programs and resources provided to youth in Northeastern. NEVAHEC is a part of the Vermont AHEC Network
. Champlain Valley AHEC
and Southern Vermont AHEC
provide similar opportunities for their surrounding areas.
BBBS of Windham County's 34th Annual Bowl for Kid's Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County invites all to join their big bowling fundraiser, Bowl for Kid's Sake. The event will include a full day of free food, hourly raffle contests and fun bowling at Brattleboro Bowl. The steps are easy: Register your team of three to five people by downloading a form and returning it to Windham County Youth Services by email, mail or in-person. Pick an hour time slot between 9am and 5pm to bowl; first come-first served. Start fundraising!
All pledges are due by April 4th and prizes are awarded for the most pledges raised. To sponsor your favorite bowlers with an on-line donation, visit here or contact Windham County Youth Services.
When: Saturday, April 4th | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Brattleboro Bowl
865 Putney Road | Brattleboro, VT
Registration Information: $50/bowler
(higher collections are welcomed)
Contact Windham County Youth Services at
email@example.com or 802-257-0361
Peer Aggression Among Girls Workshop
Vermont Works for Women has designed a new workshop that teaches educators, administrators, youth service providers, coaches, parents – all adults – how to identify, address and prevent peer aggression among girls. Join them for a half-day workshop in 2015. Upcoming half-day workshops focus on: "Strategies to Transform Peer Aggression Among Girls." This is an excellent primer on peer aggression (as distinct from bullying), and it provides adults with specific strategies on how to build supportive environments for all youth.
$50/Attendee Get tickets here.
When & Where:
Thursday, April 8th
12:00-4:30pm @ Randolph, VT
Support the Community Night for Mobius at Bluebird Barbeque
You can support youth mentoring in your community and enjoy delicious barbecue from a great local restaurant! In accordance with the awesome Community Night Program, Bluebird Barbecue will be donating 10% of the entire evening’s sales to Mobius, Vermont's Mentoring Partnership. Support us by making a reservation early through Bluebird's online form or by calling 802-448-3070. Save the date now!
When: Wednesday, April 15th | 4:30-9:00pm
Where: Bluebird Barbeque | 317 Riverside Avenue | Burlington, VT
Join the Facebook event group.
Life Bridge Mentoring's 3rd Annual Senior Hurrah
Life Bridge Mentoring’s (of Central Vermont) Senior Hurrah is back again! In celebration of this year’s graduating seniors in Vermont, Life Bridge is pulling together the 2015 senior high school basketball players from Spaulding High School, Websterville Baptist Christian School, and Williamstown High School for their final game! The seniors will be playing against an assembly of Vermont community all-stars on the spring night at Spaulding. Save the date now to make sure you don’t miss Life Bridge’s biggest fundraiser that attracts hundreds of fans and tons of fun for all ages. Thinking of supporting or sponsoring? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Thursday, April 16th | 6:30pm
Where: Spaulding High School | 155 Ayers Street | Barre, VT
Join the Facebook event group and add your voice with #SeniorHurrah.
BBBS of Bennington County's 28th Annual Bowl for Kid's Sake
Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County at Bennington Lanes for a day of bowling, prizes and fun! Registration includes a free bowling game, free food, a chance to win a $150 Visa Gift Card and day full of fun! Participants are encouraged to start saving now, because the more you raise the more you can win. For example: for every $100 raised, participants earn a raffle entry to win a 50 inch flat screen TV; the top fundraiser for your lane time bowling wave can win an Amazon HD Fire Kindle; and you can win New York Yankees baseball tickets. Can't bowl, but still want to support the program? Donate today!
When: Saturday, April 25th | 4:30-9:00pm
Where: Bennington Lanes
219 Northside Drive | Bennington, VT
Registration Information: Register online
or reserve a time today with Kara at
802-442-5491 or email@example.com.
Community Conversation on Solutions for Opiate Addiction
On March 5th, Chad Butt (Mobius), Mike Loner (The DREAM Program), Tony Moulton (Milton Mentors), representatives from multiple other community organizations, and residents from all over Chittenden County attended a Community Conversation on Opiates event at the Winooski Educational Center. The event was organized by the United Way of Chittenden County, Vermont Department of Health, Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, the Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community, the Winooski Police Department, the Dream Center and others to expand the community of residents involved in building solutions for the problems in our neighborhoods associated with opiate addiction.
Keep an eye out for information on the next event in the Community Conversation on Opiates series; which will focus on prevention. Mentoring will be featured as a proven prevention technique and we would love to have a strong mentoring presence at the event.
The Mentor Connector's 6th Annual West Rutland Variety Show
On March 8th, the Mentor Connector celebrated a night of variety acts to benefit mentoring. The event showcased singing, comedy acts, even a high school magician and other local talent. The whole show was organized by St. Bridget's Catholic Church in West Rutland and at the end of the night, their efforts raised close to $2,500 for the Mentor Connector! St. Bridget's even provided front-row seats for mentor matches! Bobbi Jo, mentor coordinator at the Mentor Connector, proudly stated: "The Variety Show was absolutely amazing. What a talented and wonderful group of individuals."
Twinfield Together Mentoring Goes Ice Skating
On March 8th, the Twinfield Together Mentoring Program gathered together for a game of tag on skates, as well as a hockey game! The day of fun was made that much better with some delicious Positive Pie pizza! Twinfield Together is so grateful to mentor pair, Stuart and Matt, for inspiring the successful event. You can see a complete slideshow of pictures from the ice skating event on Twinfield Togethers' mentor events page.
VWW Mentoring Program's Annual Cabin Fever Reliever
On March 11th, The Vermont Women's Mentoring Program (VWMP) celebrated the change of seasons and one another's company at their Annual Cabin Fever Reliever. Chittenden Regional Correction Facility Superintendent, Ed Adams and Director of Women and Family Service/VT DOC, Jill Evans, even joined in the celebration. All attendees gratefully enjoyed music from Waves of Adrenaline. VWMP is a partnership with Mercy Connections, Inc., Vermont Works for Women and Vermont Department of Corrections. If you are interested in becoming a mentor within the VWMP, the next mentor training series begins on May 6, 2015 at 5:30pm. Contact Director of Justice and Mentoring, Pam Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-846-7164.
ECHO Community Science Night for Mentoring
On March 11th, the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center hosted a very successful Community Science Night for Mentoring! Mobius joined 200 adult mentors and youth mentees from mentoring programs in Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties for the free event organized by the Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN) and ECHO. The event was sponsored by Mobius and the ECHO Open Door Program. Mentor pairs started the evening off with pizza, and then after fueling up, they got full access to explore the ECHO center. Mentor and mentees explored the featured exhibit on the history of board games ("Playing Together: Games"), enjoyed hands-on demonstrations led by the ECHO E-Team, watched a movie screening, got creative with crafts and exhibits, and were even visited by representatives from the Vermont offices of Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders. The representatives were excited to stop by to meet mentor and mentees and to experience mentoring first hand. Thanks to the CCMN, ECHO, and ECHO’s Teen Leadership Program (ECHO E-Team) for hosting a wonderful night.
You can read the Hometown article on the event and get the insider look on the latest Mobius blog post.
The Howard Center's 6th Annual Curling Challenge
On March 14th, 32 teams, including seven high school teams, took to the ice at Cairns Arena for Howard Center’s 6th Annual Curling Challenge. In addition, 40 local businesses sponsored the event and 40 volunteers helped throughout the day. As in past years, curling instruction and equipment was provided by the Green Mountain and Rutland Rocks Curling Clubs. Colchester High School presented Howard Center with a check for $674.24 that students and staff raised through school “penny wars.” In the end, the event raised more than $50,000 and helps support the more than 8,300 clients that the organization serves each year through its 24/7/365 crisis services, residential programs, specialized schools, mentoring programs, street outreach, and substance use treatment and recovery support.
As promised, the teams were awarded a first-prize curling trophy, as well as prizes for the top individual fundraiser, top team fundraiser, best name, best costume, and most team spirit. The “Point of Stone” team from Managing Information Services took home the gold medal, “Rock ‘n Blues” (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont) received the silver medal, and the Burlington High School team took home the bronze. Barry Ibey from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont was the top individual fundraiser, and Rolf Kielman from TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design was the second-place individual fundraiser.
Windsor County Partners Appreciation Brunch
On March 14th, Windsor County Partners (WCP) hosted a "Thank You" Brunch at the historic Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction to honor board members and mentors. Each mentor related a favorite memory from the past year. Mentor Megan Culp had taken her mentee to the Dartmouth bookstore and she fell in love with the atmosphere. The pair has now added the bookstore to their list of favorite places to hangout. Mentor Iris Berezin recalled helping her mentee work through challenging sewing projects, while mentor Rob Anderegg had fond memories of snowshoeing in the woods.
Mentors also shared how they went about talking through issues with their mentees and helping them sort out their own personal values. These varied from family issues close at hand or broader social justice issues such as the Civil Rights movement. One mentor shared how his mentee had stood up for another student targeted by a racial slur, while a different mentee, after seeing the film "Selma" had commented "Now Selma really means something to me." Hearing these and other stories strengthened board members resolve to continue building WCP's capacity to serve the county's youth. Windsor County Partners looks forward to hosting the brunch again next year.
10th Annual beCAUSE Craft Show
On March 14th, around 100 Vermont artists and handcrafters took part in the 10th Annual beCAUSE Craft Show at St. Michael’s College. Every crafter committed to donating at least 50 percent of his or her proceeds to a non-profit or charity. Vermont artist Ben Thurber (father of Mobius’ Benji Thurber) made a $100 donation to Mobius, and our mentoring partners from SB Mentoring, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, and the Milton Community Youth Coalition also received a donation or raised money for their cause at the event. It was a great time to connect with non-profit partners and explore booths filled with amazing artisan products. Thank you, beCAUSE, for hosting another great event this year!
VYAN 2nd Annual Regional Youth Summit
On March 21st, the Vermont Youth Action Network (VYAN) held the 2nd Annual Regional Youth Summit at the Woodstock Inn and Resort. 25 young people and 18 adults from the Windsor County region came together to network and focus on creating positive social change and community action. The event, sponsored by Ottauquechee Community Partnership (OCP), was organized by OCP’s Outreach Coordinator Biz Alessi, with assistance from three OCP Interns from Woodstock Union High School.
Seeking to empower all participating youth through building leadership and dialogue skills, the opening activity was a World Cafe, in which questions were asked of youth about their experience, needs, interests and concerns. Adults listened and reflected back to them what they heard. Using the information gathered from the World Cafe dialogue and fueled by youth energy, passion and imagination, four intergenerational teams developed and worked through the afternoon to create action plans around the most pressing needs identified by the youth. Action plans focused on creating more inclusive spaces in schools, creating a community-based youth activity advisory council and developing a more bike-friendly community. Community organizations and school leadership were well-represented at the summit, so action plans can progress forward. The Youth Summit was made possible by funding from the Windsor County Prevention Partnership for Success grant, Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, TD Bank and support from The Woodstock Inn and Resort.
Spectrum's Sleep Out
This weekend, 115 business and community leaders and over 350 students braved wind, cold, rain, and even snow to sleep outside overnight—all to raise funds for Spectrum Youth & Family Services, which provides basic needs and housing to teenagers and young adults who have nowhere else to go. All told, the event raised $235,000—and because the event’s expenses are very low, 98% of every dollar goes straight towards funding Spectrum’s programs.
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.
DREAM offices in Ben & Jerry’s
30 Community Drive | South Burlington, VT
Thursday, April 9th
Planning on attending? E-mail the CCMN group (email@example.com)
Mentor Webinar: Peer Mentoring
What: A free webinar on
"Peer Mentoring: A Discussion with Experienced Practitioners"
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, April 16th, 2014 | 1:00-2:15pm
Register Information: FREE. Register Here.
"While peer mentoring is not a relatively new practice, in the last decade we have learned more about how to run effective peer mentoring programs. When peer mentoring programs commit to developing a structured, relationship-focused program model, the positive effects on both the mentor and the mentee are vast. Join this webinar for a dialogue about how mentoring professionals can, “tap into schools’ most underutilized resources—students—and enlist them in strengthening the educational offerings of the school, while simultaneously advancing their own learning, growth and development” (PGC). Attendees are welcome to come prepared with questions for the panelists."
FREE Trainings with Prevent Child Abuse Vermont for 2015
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. Check out PCAV training opportunities here.
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 donating your time and helping us raise awareness of the need for mentors in Vermont. Thanks also to Comcast, Vermont Mentoring Month Media Sponsor, who aired this video as a sponsored ad throughout 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802.658.1888
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.
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.”
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, an 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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