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Mobius is excited to announce the launch of the Mobius Community Service Program, a new initiative that provides opportunities for mentors and mentees to volunteer together at non-profit organizations across the state. The Mobius Community Service Program enables mentor pairs to more easily volunteer together, enjoy new experiences, and give back to their community.
 
The goal of this program is to instill a culture of volunteerism and giving back to one’s community in the mentees. According to “The Mentoring Effect,” a 2014 study by MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, youth who have a mentor are 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities. The Mobius Community Service Program makes it so matches can more easily volunteer and support their community together and get prizes for doing so. All of us at Mobius are looking forward to mentor matches taking advantage of this great opportunity and we can’t wait to see this program grow.
Welcome Mobius' New Board Member
We are so excited to welcome the newest member on Mobius' Board of Directors: Nate Formalarie, brand communications manager at Cabot Creamery Cooperative.

"‪Mentoring kids now only stands to strengthen the foundation of ‪Vermont's future. It is important work and Mobius is at the forefront of supporting, encouraging, and backing mentoring programs statewide. I am thrilled to serve on the board and hope to help further the reach of Mobius, so more Vermont kids reap the benefits mentoring provides." – Nate Formalarie

Mobius is Making Changes
For the better, of course. All staff and AmeriCorps VISTA members came together last month for the 2015 Mobius Staff Retreat where we reevaluated the organization's mission and vision, as well as discussed and determined Mobius' core values. After much thought, consultation, and revision with Mobius' Board of Directors and Program Leadership Council (PLC), Mobius is excited to officially publish the new language guiding Vermont's Mentoring Partnership. We would love to hear your thoughts! Take a look under the "About Us" section on the Mobius website to read what we stand for.

Attendance Awareness Month is Coming Up
Vermont is celebrating the 3rd Annual Attendance Awareness Month in September 2015. In support of Attendance Works and MENTOR, mentoring programs can get informed, prepped, and ready for the campaign with these two great toolkits from our partners:
  1. General Toolkit from Attendance Works
  2. Mentoring Toolkit from MENTOR
Use hashtags #SchoolEveryDay and #AttendanceWorks to join the conversation.

Registration for the 2015 Northeast Conference on Youth Development and Mentoring is Now Open!
Mobius is once again working in collaboration with the other statewide mentoring partnerships in the region and MENTOR to provide an every-other-year regional training and networking opportunity for mentoring program professionals in the northeast. Mentoring program staff, youth workers, after-school program staff, stakeholders, funders, and staff working with or supporting youth from around the Northeast are all invited to come together for a day of innovation, empowerment, and support. Learn, collaborate, and network on topics surrounding youth-adult relationships. Visit 2015neconference.org to view the four tracks attendees can choose among, as well as other event details and registration information.

Where: Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill | 30 Washington Street | Somerville, MA
When: Wednesday, November 4th | 8:00 - 4:00 PM
Registration Information: $80/Attendee | Early Bird Price | Register Here.
(Register by October 7th and receive $20 off the $100 registration price.)

Andrea and Sophie Say Goodbye
Mobius' two Vermont Youth Tomorrow (VYT) AmeriCorps VISTA members are saying goodbye to the office on August 7th. Andrea served as the Communications and Marketing Specialist for the 2014-2015 VISTA year. Sophie joined Mobius in March of 2015 as the Resource Development Specialist to finish up her VISTA year of service.

"I am really going to miss the daily craziness at Mobius. I love working with Chad, Benji, and Sophie, and I have had a great time getting to know the mentoring programs' staff. I'm sure you're all going to miss my monthly e-mails looking for blurbs and pictures, haha! The projects I got the chance to work on wouldn't mean a thing if it weren't for your amazing support, contributions and  hard-work. This community of mentoring program staff, volunteer mentors, local businesses, schools, individuals, and Mobius is very special and you all truly inspire me. I'll miss you all!" - Andrea

"I’m so thankful for this opportunity with Mobius, even though it was a short one. It’s a great organization with incredibly hardworking but fun people, and a fantastic mission. Although I wish I had met more of you, the interactions I had with mentoring program staff and mentor matches were always inspiring. I can’t wait to see what Mobius and mentoring programs in Vermont will do in the future!” - Sophie



Join Jump Mentoring's 1st Annual Duck Race
All you need is $5 to join the race to benefit the Jump Mentoring Program! Participants “adopt” plastic toy ducks and pick a race number for each duck. On the day of the race, all ducks are dumped in the Passumpsic River at a starting line and then the fun begins: Attendees get to cheer and follow the ducks as they float down the river, under a bridge, and to the finish line. If your ducks is one of the first 10 through the finish line, then you win a prize! Prizes include a Maple Grove Farms gift basket, Applebee’s gift certificate, corn maze tickets, tickets to a Flynn Center for the Performing Arts show, tickets to Clark's Trading Post: Trained Bears, and a special grand prize! Participants who purchase ducks ahead of time do not need to be present for the race.
Ducks can be purchased:
  • At NEKYS between 8:30-4:30pm daily
  • At the Pool Party 5:00-7:00pm
  • By contacting Sarah Sanville at sarahs@nekys.org
Where: Intersection Route 114/Lily Pond Road | Lyndon, VT
When: Friday, August 21st | 7:15pm
The race follows an open community pool party.
Questions: Call (802) 748-8732.

King Street Center's Big Fundraiser
Check out this multi-event day of fundraisers, all to support King Street Center!
Where: Burlington Tennis Club | 12 East Terrace | South Burlington, VT
When: Saturday, August 29th | 9:00 - 3:00pm

King of the Court
Join Jake Agna on the clay courts for a fun-filled day of fast-moving tennis action for players of all levels. Expect short, intense sets and top-dog doubles during each 90-minute session. Round out the day with a splash in the pool and ice cold King Street Center lemonade.
Visit the facebook event page.
Registration Information: Register Here.
When: Saturday, August 29th | 9:00 - 3:00pm

2nd Annual Backyard Classic
Conversation, cocktails and corn-hole! Join friends poolside for an evening of lawn games and summertime fun. Enjoy dinner by Bluebird Barbecue and complimentary libations from Zero Gravity beverage.
Visit the facebook event page.
Registration Information: Register Here
When: Saturday, August 29th | 5:00pm
 
Rally for King Street Raffle
Support the King Street Center by entering a raffle for a chance to win one of the prizes below. The drawing will take place at the 2nd Annual Backyard Classic. Winners do not need to be present. Purchase tickets here.
When: Saturday, August 29th | 5:00pm

Prizes:

Bluebird Hosts Successful "One Love" for King Street Center
On June 29th thru July 12th, Bluebird Barbecue hosted the “One Love” campaign to benefit the King Street Center. The multiple-day event was a wonderful example of a local business stepping up to work with an organization in order support youth in the community. During the two-week period, 307 tennis balls were purchased and displayed at Bluebird in support of King Street Center's Kids on the Ball and other summer programs. On July 8th, many friends gathered for the Bluebird Community Night. Volunteers, staff, board members, as well as Jake Agna himself, came together for dinner at the barbecue restaurant. Over $2,000 was raised from the "One Love" campaign efforts.

Girls/Boyz First Mentoring Fundraiser
On July 28th, Girls/Boyz First (GBF) Mentoring invited 21-year-old or older friends of mentoring to join them at 3 Penny Taproom for a relaxed evening of mingling and local brews. The fundraiser had a great turnout! The place was packed for Happy Hour and 10% of all drink purchases were donated to the program. Wendy Freundlich, program director at GBF, reflects that, "The high temperature and humidity made drinking craft beer a total pleasure. It was great to have such strong community support from our local business community."

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. Want more information or to attend the next meeting? E-mail the CCMN group (ccmn@mobiusmentors.org).

Live Mentoring Webinar: College Access Mentoring
What: A free webinar on
"College Access Mentoring: Preparing Your Students for Graduation and Beyond"
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, August 20th | 1:00-2:15pm
Register Information: FREE | Register Here.

"Mentoring programs can often wonder how to best use the limited time with students to foster long-term success. How can programs form the kinds of relationships that lead young people to unlock their dreams and move forward on a post-secondary path to achievement? Join this webinar as MENTOR explores new insights and emerging tools that can help strengthen your program’s ability to achieve longer, more sustainable college and career outcomes."

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. For more information, contact PCAV here or at 802-229-5724. Check out PCAV training opportunities here.
Summer Fun Youth Wristbands
The Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) andGreen Mountain Transit Agency (GMTA) have teamed up to offer Summer Fun Youth Wristbands! Youth ages 7-17 can purchase a wristband for $25 (for CCTA local routes) or for $15 (for GMTA local routes) and gain access to unlimited local service, rides and fun! The program will run from June 15th to August 25th, so get your pass and help your mentee get a pass. Bracelets are available at CCTA’s administrative office, at the Cherry Street kiosk, or by phone order at 802-864-2282.

Meal Sites for the Summer
School is out! Some youth rely on school programs for their meals, so summer can be a tricky time to manage and access food. Hunger Free Vermont provides some resources to help locate drop-in meal sites for the summer. Meal sites are open to all children 18 and under with no application, no registration and no need to call ahead. Many meal sites also have activities or enrichment programs that provide further benefits to kids and families during the summer months. Meal sites will be finalized at the beginning of June and a comprehensive list of sites will be made available early next week (no later than June 15th). The database will be accessible through texting, by phone and on the Hunger Free Vermont website. Texting and calling services are active now.
There are four primary tools mentors can share and/or use to help their mentees find out where summer meals are available:
  • Text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877
  • Dial 2-1-1 (United Way)
  • ‘The Range App’ (A smartphone app by Caravan Studios)
  • Hunger Free Vermont's comprehensive site list on its website
National Mentoring Resource Center
In collaboration with MENTOR and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Mobius is the Vermont technical assistance provider for the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC). Learn more by reading the news release from VTDiggerThe 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 looks forward to working with programs across the state to utilize this great opportunity. Please, ask us any questions that will help you make use of this free resource.

Mentoring programs can apply here.

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.

Reward Volunteers 6.0
Cabot Creamery Cooperative launched "Reward Volunteers 6.0," the sixth version of its initiative that rewards volunteers and their organizations for the time they spend giving back to their communities. The initiative is now web-based, which allows users the ability to log their time from any smartphone, computer or tablet. The program also allows users to report their activity on behalf of an employer. Since the program was launched in February of 2012, more than 200,000 volunteer hours have been logged, with over 72,000 hours logged in just this last year alone. If you want to help spread the news use #RewardVolunteers on all your social media platforms.

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. Mentoring programs that do not use the Vermont Mentoring Database to track volunteer hours can still participate by going through the newReward Volunteers website. We also encourage programs to invite their advisory groups into the program! You can learn more about the release of Reward Volunteers 6.0 by watching Cabot’s Nate Formalarie and Mobius Executive Director Chad Butt, on WCAX’s featured story on the :30.

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 30-second video to help spread awareness and recruit new mentors for young Vermonters! Share the video with your friends, followers, family and anyone you think would make a good mentor.

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?Mobius Mentor Discount Card Front
Fill out this form.
Are you a business that would like to join?
E-mail andreaholt@mobiusmentors.org.

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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Created by Vermont Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA Andrea Holt.      



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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