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On Tuesday, April 5, Mobius convened the inaugural Vermont Mentoring Symposium in Randolph. This statewide event, held in recognition of National Volunteer Month, brought together around 50 staff and board members from adult-to-youth ‪mentoring‬ programs across Vermont for a day of networking and professional development.

Presenters included facilitator Jennifer Stanchfield, M.S., of Experiential Tools, and Hal Cohen, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services, as well as a mentee parent and mentor pair panel. Workshops were led by a variety of mentoring professionals from programs throughout Vermont. A special thanks to everyone who attended, and to Vermont Technical College, which generously provided the space for the day. Thanks also to our friends from Red Hen Baking Company, Hunger Mountain Coop, and Keurig Green Mountain, for donating food and coffee for the event.

For more pictures and information from the event, visit our Facebook album. Check the event web page soon too as we will be sharing free materials and resources from our workshop presenters as they come in.

Vermonters' Ball
Join us this Saturday, April 9th from 8 to 11 pm! Mix your Vermonter fashion with your best formal wear, and support youth mentoring. Hosted by the Vermont Young Professionals, this exciting weekend event will feature prizes for est dressed, tunes spun by DJ Robbie J, dancing, a photo booth, snacks, and a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Mobius. You can purchase tickets online in advance for $15, or buy them for $20 at the door.

MENTOR's Powerful New Video
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.

Can You Imagine What Happened at ECHO?
The ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain hosted its annual Community Science Night, a celebratory event for local adult-to-youth mentoring pairs from the Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN), on March 16th. This year, more than 200 adult mentors and youth mentees from eight mentoring programs in Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties attended the free event. Mentees were so excited to explore XOXO, the featured exhibit on emotions and relationships, as well as Champ Lane, a new exhibit which includes storefronts, a treehouse, and a boat! The event also featured and open exploration of the museum’s exhibits, a scavenger hunt, and hands-on demonstrations led by the ECHO E-Team (Environmental Team). We are so grateful to ECHO’s Open Door Program, which sponsors the event each year, and to the high school students from the E-Team who made it all possible.

Risk Management Webinar
Mentoring Central is hosting a free multi-part webinar series that will focus on how mentoring programs can decrease the potential for harm to anyone involved in a mentoring relationship. Join expert researchers (Drs. Janis Kupersmidt and Rebecca Stelter) and practitioner (Ms. Sharon Daura) who will provide a thorough exploration of the 19 risk management topics outlined in the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, with the goal of helping you to fine-tune your existing program policies or develop new ones. Part four of the series will be Tuesday, April 19th at 1:00 - 2:00pm (EST). Register and get more information on Risky Business Part IV: Developing Your Mentoring Program's Policies. Want to catch up? Part one, two, and three will be available online soon.

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!
  • CY Mentoring’s March Madness Ping Pong Tournament | March 2016
Want to submit your recent mentoring event?
E-mail benji@mobiusmentors.org for questions and submissions.
April 9: 2016 Vermonters' Ball
What: Annual ball hosted by the Vermont Professionals. Proceeds this year will benefit Mobius. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in formal wear with Vermont flair. Have fun and purchase your tickets online or at the door. When: Sat, April 9 | 8:00pm Where: Hotel Vermont | 41 Cherry Street | Burlington, VT

April 14: Journey Mentoring's 2016 Senior Hurrah
What: Celebrate the local high school basketball seniors and help raise money to provide long-term sustainability for Journey Mentoring. Tickets available at the door: $10/attendee; $5/student or senior; $25.00/Family Pass. When: Thurs, April 14 | 6:00pm Where: Spaulding High School | 155 Ayers Street | Barre, VT 

April 19: Risk Management Webinar
What: A multi-part webinar series hosted by Mentoring Central and a team of expertsThis month on "Risky Business Part IV: Developing Your Mentoring Program’s Policies." When: Tues, April 19 | 1:00 - 2:30pm Where: Online. Follow the link for info or registration.

April 21: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partners. This month on "Activity-Based Mentoring: Can Structured Activities Make Mentoring Better?When: Thurs, April 21 | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the links for info or registration.

Want your event to be added to the Dates to Know list?
E-mail 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 is Wed, April 13th from 9:00 - 11:00am at the Howard Center (1138 Pine St | Burlington, VT). Want more information or to attend the next meeting? E-mail the CCMN group (ccmn@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.
 
RV 6.0: Reward 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 40 participating local businesses all across the state by bringing the card during mentoring hours.

MCSP: The Mobius Community Service Program (MCSP) is a new resource designed to make volunteering fun and accessible for mentor pairs across the state. In collaboration with 10 local non-profit organizations, Mobius offers a variety of unique service opportunities. Additionally, by tracking the hours they spend volunteering, mentor pairs can qualify for a monthly prize drawing.

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.
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