News from mentoring programs across Vermont.
"Check out the recently published article about Mobius in the Burlington Free Press. This piece does a great job summarizing our role as a statewide partnership along with the need for and benefits of mentoring." - Chad Butt, Executive Director

"Mobius, a nonprofit that helps connect adult mentors with children, was born the last time heroin dominated Vermont's headlines in the early 2000s. Now, as the state's governor speaks about a heroin epidemic the Burlington-based mentoring organization has expanded its reach across the state. Mentoring was then and still is seen as a way to help children avoid drugs and other dangerous behavior. As Chad Butt, the executive director of Mobius says, the benefits of mentoring extend far beyond those imparted on the mentored child." -Clover Whitham, Burlington Free Press, in "Mentoring Group Extends Reach Statewide".
 

Wagoner Libby Group Announces Donation Program
"The Wagoner Libby Group in Colchester, affiliates of the Keller Williams Vermont real estate agency, recently awarded a donation of $1,000 to Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership...This donation is a part of the Commission Donation Program, a new initiative the Wagoner Libby Group is launching to support the causes of non-profit clients who use Wagoner Libby’s services to purchase homes, to sell homes, or refer other clients to them. 'Our goal in launching this program is to build lasting relationships within the local non-profit community that are mutually supportive and beneficial,' said Giles Wagoner, principal of the Wagoner Libby Group. 'We are happy to be supporting Mobius because mentoring programs have lasting positive impacts on the entire community.'"

Read the full press release on VTDigger.org to learn about the Commission Donation Program!

Connect Volunteers and Opportunities with VolunteerMatch
A great tool for mentoring programs and businesses to connect volunteers and opportunities is VolunteerMatch. This website allows nonprofits to make profiles to recruit volunteers, and businesses like People's United Bank use the site throughout the state to help employees find somewhere to volunteer.


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

The Collaborative's Annual Ice Cream Social
"We had a wonderful short speech given by a mentee to thank mentors at the Ice Cream Social. The Ice Cream Social is The Collaborative's annual event to thank its volunteers for all the hard work and dedication they've shown throughout the year. A thank you goes out to Ben & Jerry's of Manchester for donating the delicious ice cream.”  – Lynnette Volden, Out of School Time Program Assistant/AmeriCorps Member at The Collaborative

Click the picture to see Jazmin's speech to thank the mentors: "I want to thank the mentors for helping out, for coming, and for having mentees."

Mentors Recognized at Essex CHIPS End of Year Celebration
"We were so thrilled to celebrate and thank our mentors and school partners at the Essex CHIPS End of Year Celebration.  We are incredibly grateful for the time, energy, and heart that our mentors give each and every week to some great kiddos!  Kim Gleason (Founders Memorial school mentor and FriendCHIPS Advisory Council member) and Amy Bigelow (Thomas Fleming School guidance counselor and FriendCHIPS partner) both received Giraffe awards for all they do to stick their necks out for youth in our community. "- DarcyCaryl Evans, FriendCHIPS Mentoring Coordinator at Essex CHIPS
Pictured above: Kim Gleason, mentor at Founders Memorial School, member of FriendCHIPS Advisory Council, and recipient of Giraffe award, Trish Rowen, a mentor at Founders Memorial School, DarcyCaryl Evans, Mentoring Coordinator, and Amy Bigelow, Guidance Counselor at Thomas Fleming School and recipient of Giraffe award.

Twinfield Together celebrates Everybody Wins! Mentors
“On June 6th, the Twinfield Together Mentoring Program celebrated a year of friendship and reading with the Everybody Wins! program at the End of the Year Breakfast for mentors.  Mentors and mentees made postcards so they can keep in touch over the summer. “ – Pam Quinn, Director, Twinfield Together Mentoring Program


Magic Mentoring Program Participates in Youth Tournament
"On May 21st, Brap’s Magic, a local gaming store and community partner, hosted a Magic: the Gathering Youth Tournament in conjunction with the Magic Mentoring Program at Champlain College. Over 15 students competed to win cards, and all the proceeds went to support the Burlington Friends of Education. One of our mentees, Colin Johnson from Edmunds Elementary School, placed second in the tournament! All the kids left with cards in their pockets and smiles on their faces.” –  Will Carlson, AmeriCorps*VISTA, Center for Service and Civic Engagement at Champlain College

Monkton Mentors' Award Ceremony and Celebration
"Pictured right, Monkton Mentors Zandra Cousino and Becky Johnston look on as Program Coordinator Catherine Shahan presents the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Excellence in Education Awards to the mentors in her program. The Monkton Mentors, along with several mentors from the Starksboro Mentoring Program, and dozens of other Community members and educators received their awards at a celebration and dessert reception at Mount Abraham Union High School on Thursday evening, May 22nd.

Mentors, mentees, and supporters of the Monkton Mentors program at Monkton Central School gather one last time before summer vacation to say goodbye to one another and offer gratitude for their friendship. The mentors are community members who volunteer their time  to one special student each week during the school year. This was the first year of the program which was funded through Mobius, Vermont's Mentoring Partnership, the Monkton Parent Teacher Organization, and some federal school funding. The program will continue next year and is currently recuriting for new mentors for the Fall. For more information, contact cshahan@anesu.org, Monkton Central School at 453-2314 or www.mobiusmentors.org" -Catherine Shahan, Program Coordinator, Monkton Mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington at Bromley Mountain
"Everyone had a blast at the Bennington Big Brothers Big Sisters event on Saturday, June 21st. Some people had been to this event last year, while for others this was brand new, but everyone found something they loved about the day." - Kara Reimann, Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Coordinator

Big Brothers Big Sisters is part of the United Counseling Service. This program helps children who need and want a mentor in Bennington County. Visit their website to learn more!




Cabot Connects Mentoring's Ride the Ridges Event
Be sure to register early this year for the annual Cabot Ride the Ridges fundraiser! This year's event will be on September 14th. This fun and challenging ride on mostly dirt roads through Cabot and Peacham has courses for all bicyclists. Visit the event webpage to learn more, or click here to register!


Webinar: "Mentoring Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care"
What: A free webinar: "Mentoring Youth Tranisitioning Out of Foster Care"
Hosted by:
The Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series, a partnership of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and a planning team comprised of other mentoring programs.
When:
Thursday, July 17, 2014,1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Register: Click here.

"
Youth aging out of foster care tend to experience homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, and early parenting at a higher rate than the average young adult of the same age. A caring mentor in the life of a foster care youth can assist with career exploration, readiness and overall encouragement. Laurie Powers, Ph.D., and Summer Pommier, MSW, both from the Regional Research Institute for Human Services at Portland State University will discuss what they have learned about the outcomes of mentoring and strategies that can enhance the positive power of mentoring for young people in foster care." Visit the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series webpage to register and to learn more!

 


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Winooski, VT 05404
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802.658.1888
 
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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.