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I recently received a wonderful note from a mother of a mentee about the impact mentoring has had on her daughter, which we decided to highlight in our 2016 Annual Appeal. I hope you will read the full appeal letter to see how one caring, consistent adult can help shape the life of a child. In celebration of Giving Tuesday, I hope you will consider making a donation to Mobius to help us offer this same opportunity to other young people throughout Vermont.

Mobius Announces 2016-2017 VT Mentoring Grant Recipients
Mobius is excited to announce the mentoring agency recipients of this year’s Vermont Mentoring Grants! So far, for the 2016-2017 Vermont Mentoring Grants funding cycle, Mobius has awarded 32 grants totaling $307,315 in funding to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. This funding will support 101 new and existing program sites, and more than 1,800 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont.

Visit our 2016-2017 grant award page to learn more.

Mobius Wins "Way to Go!" Award
Mobius was one of 333 groups and organizations that participated in this year's Way to Go! challenge. We are excited to announce that we won first place in the Small Category!

The Way To Go Challenge encourages people to change their commuting behavior to reduce carbon emissions. Participants earned points by biking, walking, carpooling, and using public transportation instead of driving during a two-week time period earlier this fall. In total, over 11,000 people participated from over 333 groups, saving an estimated 741,266 lbs of carbon pollution! Mobius will be honored, along with the other winners, at the Way to Go! Award ceremony on December 7th at 8:00 am, at Shelburne Community School.

To see the full list of winners, visit www.waytogovt.org.

Check-In On the Program Leadership Council
The Mobius Program Leadership Council (PLC) met in Randolph at White River Craft Center Inc. last week where we discussed the 2016 Annual Report, the PLC's survey to mentoring programs about Mobius' services, and plans for 2017! It was also exciting to welcome new PLC members Sarah Caliendo (The DREAM Program) and Chris Hulquist (Mentor Connector) to the group.

Thank you to the PLC for your guidance as we move into the holiday season and prepare for National Mentoring Month, and a new year of working together to support more young Vermonters through mentoring.

Adams Orchard Christmas Tree Fundraiser
This holiday season, you can decorate your house and support mentoring in Vermont at the same time! Our friends from Adams Orchard have included Mobius this year as one of three non-profit beneficiaries (along with the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation and Vermont Respite House) from sales of holiday wreaths and Vermont Fraser and Balsam Christmas trees. Stop by their location in Williston (between 9 a.m and 5 p.m.) and pick up a tree or wreath today, and tell the staff member there that you support Mobius to help us receive part of the proceeds!

Recent Mentoring Events Blog
Starting earlier this year, Mobius switched to a monthly blog post highlighting mentoring program events from around Vermont. Want to see your event listed on the blog and referenced in the newsletter? Email benji@mobiusmentors.org with a write-up that includes the location and date of your event, as well as a summary of what happened. Photos are strongly encouraged!
  • WCS CY Mentoring's Kick Off Dinner | Nov. 2nd
  • Starksboro Mentoring's Pizza and Game Night | Nov. 9th
Want to submit your recent mentoring event?
Email benji@mobiusmentors.org for questions and submissions.
December 14th: CCMN Meeting
What: A monthly networking and professional development meeting of mentoring professionals from northwestern Vermont. When: Wednesday, Dec 14th | 9:00 - 10:30am Where: HowardCenter, 1138 Pine Street, Burlington

December 15th: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partners, this week discussing "Mentoring Immigrant Youth: Supportive Relationships For Newcomer YouthWhen: Thurs, Dec 15th | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the links for info and/or registration.

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 will be held at the HowardCenter (1138 Pine Street, Burlington) on Wednesday, December 14 (9:00am-10:30am). Want more information or to attend the next meeting? Email info@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.
 
Reward VolunteersReward 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 100 participating local businesses and state parks 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.