News from mentoring programs across Vermont.

"Mobius has received full funding for the 2014-2015 Vermont Mentoring Grants! We’re grateful for the generous support of the State of Vermont, the A.D. Henderson Foundation and The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children and their continued dedication to youth mentoring in Vermont." -Chad Butt, Executive Director                         

Cabot and Mobius Team Up to Reward Volunteers

"Mobius is proud to announce a new partnership with Cabot Creamery Cooperative that allows mentors to qualify for prizes for themselves and their programs by logging their mentoring hours.

Cabot’s new partnership with Mobius will allow mentors whose programs are using the Vermont Mentoring Database to participate in Reward Volunteers automatically when they submit their weekly session logs about the time they spend with their mentees. Programs and mentors who are not tracking mentoring sessions in the Vermont Mentoring Database—don’t worry, this opportunity is open to you as well! Visit the Reward Volunteers page on our website to access a web widget that will allow you to sign up through your Facebook account, or download the iPhone app. We’re grateful to our long-time friends at Cabot for extending this opportunity, and recognizing the importance of the service volunteer mentors provide for young Vermonters." - Communications and Technology Manager Benji Thurber

Read Benji's blog post, "Cabot Partners With Mobius to Reward Volunteer Mentors," for more details on this exciting new program!

Mobius Welcomes New Board Members

"Mobius [is excited to welcome] seven new members to its Board of Directors. New additions Angela Ross, Anne Gallivan, Heather Bouchey, Lauren Brumsted Layman, Pam Quinn, Rebecca Majoya, and Stephen Adams bring a wide range of experience and skills to the Mobius Board. Each new member has a unique background in working with youth, and collectively they represent the Mobius Board’s transformation from a regional board into a statewide one, as a part of Mobius’ expanded role as Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership."

Read the press release on to learn more about our new board members!

Mobius Welcomes AmeriCorps VISTA Andrea Holt
This August, Mobius will welcome Andrea Holt as the Communications and Marketing Specialist/AmeriCorps VISTA for 2014-2015. Andrea brings a strong background in marketing to the team. We're thrilled to have her on board as our AmeriCorps VISTA through the Vermont Youth Tomorrow program!

"Hello all, my name is Andrea Holt and I am thrilled to get started on the amazing things to come this year! Just last year, on a whim, I moved to Vermont from Boston. I had just graduated from Emerson College with a Marketing Communications degree and I needed an adventure. Although I have held varying positions all across the marketing industry, my most valuable occupation was a simple summer position canvassing the streets for Greenpeace. My time there taught me that if something as treasured as the Earth must be fought to protect, then how much more must we have to fight for one another. I have a lot of passion and I have been given the education to aid our society as we continue to give back to people. I am so grateful to be able serve Mobius and the Vermont mentoring community."

Welcome Andrea by sending her an e-mail at Andrea will be managing our statewide Mobius Mentor Discount Card, partnering with restaurants for fundraisers during National Mentoring Month, and managing our social media and Vermont's Mentoring Newsletter.

Mobius Data Analysis Intern Craig Pastel Analyzes Survey Data
"We are excited to welcome our summer data analysis intern Craig Pastel! Craig is an incoming senior at the University of Vermont, pursuing a double major in Economics and Psychology. Throughout August, he will be working with us to compile and analyze survey data from mentoring programs across the state.

Mentoring professionals throughout Vermont, thank you for all you do to further mentoring in the state and for the difference each of your programs is making in the lives of the youth you serve and in your communities. Conducting surveys of your constituents is a huge part of ensuring that you’re accomplishing your program’s goals and learning from the people you serve how to continue to improve the important work you’re doing. If you have not already reached out to us, we hope all of you will consider sharing your results as we look to create a more complete picture of mentoring in Vermont. Please send any survey data you would like to have included in our data analysis to by Monday, August 4."- Benji Thurber, Communications and Technology Manager

Consider Supporting the Child Protection Improvements Act
From MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership:

"The Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA) would create streamlined access for mentoring organizations to run national FBI fingerprint checks at an affordable cost and provide clear information for organizations to make informed decisions about potential volunteers.

It’s time for Congress to take action to protect youth by passing this bill.

Currently, Congress is considering action on CPIA (S. 1362 and H.R. 3902). We need your help to urge them to pass the bills in the House and Senate quickly to ensure final passage before the end of the congressional session in December. "

Click here to learn more about CPIA and how you can easily send and personalize a pre-written letter on the importance of fingerprint checks for mentors to your Senators and Representative.

Announcing the Vermont Mentor Profile Archive
"As Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, one of the most rewarding parts of our work at Mobius is getting to know the mentors and mentees who participate in mentoring programs across the state. Every month, Mobius features a mentor pair in Vermont in Vermont's Mentoring Newsletter.

We've compiled these mentoring profiles into the Vermont Mentoring Profile Archive; take a look and meet some of the amazing people who make Vermont mentoring programs vibrant and strong!" - Daron Blake, Communications and Technology Specialist/AmeriCorps VISTA

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

Food and Fun with The Mentor Connector
Mentors, mentees, and their families celebrated with the The Mentor Connector on July 26. Folks had a great time enjoying barbeque, ladders, sack races, wiffle ball, croquet, and much more.

Executive Director Rebecca Majoya notes that the program is preparing for next month's Bocce tourmanet at The Mentor Connector- check out the August issue of Vermont's Mentoring Newsletter for photos!

Mentoring Night with the Lake Monsters
The Vermont Lake Monsters are hosting Mentoring Night with the Lake Monsters on Monday, August 4! Mentor pairs who register by Friday, August 1 will receive free entry to the ballpark, and one lucky mentor pair will get to throw out the first pitch.  Click here to sign up!

Can't make it on the 4th, but want to catch a game with your mentee? Contact your mentoring coordinator or Mobius about our limited supply of tickets.


The Mentoring Project to Host Gala Golf Tournament
On August 13, 2014, The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley will host a Gala Golf Tournament at 5:00pm at the Bradford Golf Club in Bradford, VT. Individuals and teams of four players are welcome.

Come out and play! The day's events include a cookout and live music. $35/person or $140/team of four registration fees per team. The lightning date will be August 30th. Fill out the registration form and send with payment to The Mentoring Project, PO Box 237, Bradford, VT 05033.

"Tackling the Stigma: Mentoring Youth with Mental Health Needs"

What: A free webinar: "Tackling the Stigma: Mentoring Youth With Mental Health Needs"
Hosted by:
The Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series, a partnership of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and a planning team comprised of other mentoring programs.
Thursday, August 21, 2014,1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Register: Click here.

Join us to learn more about what mental health disorders can look like in young people and how you might be overlooking crucial signs, as well as ways to support mentors whose mentees may be facing some of these issues. In our conversation, we will feature experts and practitioners in the field of mental health and mentoring, including Jennifer Kriebl, National Director of the YMCA Reach & Rise program. We will be discussing best practice examples, research, and resources to tackle the stigma associated with mentoring youth who have mental health needs. Bring your questions and concerns."

Visit the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series webpage to register and to learn more!


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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.