News from mentoring programs across Vermont.

"When Mobius transitioned to become a statewide partnership in 2013, Paula Francis moved from the Vermont Mentoring Funders Collaborative to Mobius to assist with the transition. She acted as the interim executive director and supported Mobius with our first grant cycle. With the granting successfully transitioned to Mobius, Paula is stepping away from the mentoring field to pursue other passions. We are extremely grateful for all the work Paula has done over the past eight years to support mentoring in Vermont and wish her all the best."
- Chad Butt, Executive Director

"After nearly eight years of working with such delightful people in Vermont’s mentoring community, I am moving on.  As many of you know, this has been a goal of mine for some time and I’m thrilled to be leaving with mentoring on such solid ground.  Through your common vision, persistence, passion, and skill, Vermont has become a bright light in the world of mentoring.  Each of you has played an important part in that.  Congratulations!" - Paula Francis, in an e-mail to mentoring program staff.

Thank you, Paula, for all that you have given the mentoring community!

If you would like to follow Paula's future travels and learn about her work with Gross National Happiness USA, visit

National Mentoring Summit 2014
On January 30th and 31st, Mobius and mentoring program staff from Vermont took part in the fourth annual National Mentoring Summit at the Crystal Gateway Marriot in Arlington, Virginia. This year’s event, convened by MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership, brought together over 700 mentoring practitioners, researchers, and supporters (corporate, government, and other national service organizations such as the United Way and the Corporation for National and Community Service).

“Being surrounded by so many people from all over the nation and beyond helps you realize just how big the mentoring movement is,” says Mobius executive director Chad Butt. Chad and Communications and Technology Manager Benji Thurber represented Vermont as the state mentoring partnership affiliates of MENTOR. Staff members from four other Vermont mentoring organizations also attended the Summit.

Learn more about the Summit by visiting Mobius' blog!

Vermont Public Television's 2014 PBS Kids GO! Writers' Contest
Do you know of a mentee in kindergarten, first, second, or third grade who loves to write? Encourage them to write a story and enter Vermont Public Television's 2014 PBS Kids GO! Writers' Contest! The contest kicked off on January 6, and will run until the submissions deadline on March 21st. The judging for the event will occur in the VPT studios in early April. Visit the VPT website for entry forms and rules and regulations. For more information, call 1-800-639-3351.

Mobius Annual Appeal

We'd like to thank each and every supporter of our 2013 Annual Appeal. Mobius’ mission is to create a culture of mentoring in Vermont, so that every young person in our state who would benefit from having a mentor has one. Your support helps mentoring programs across the state provide high-quality mentors to these young people. Visit our Mobius Donors page to see the list of 2013 donors, or make a donation of your own!


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

Lamoille Valley Mentoring Partnership's Annual Skating party
"In celebration of National Mentoring Month, the Lamoille Valley Mentoring Partnership hosted its annual skating party on January 25, 2014 in Jeffersonville. The frigid temperatures in January let up for one extraordinary Saturday afternoon, allowing for some excitement and laughter from children and adults alike. Through generous donations from Smugglers’ Notch Resort and the Smugglers’ Notch Area Chamber of Commerce, mentor pairs were treated to ice skating, hot cocoa, bingo and a lasagna dinner.  One young mentee was quoted as saying, 'This is the best mentoring day ever!'." - Tanya Searles, Mentoring Coordinator

Bingo Night with Cabot Connects Mentoring
"Cabot Connects Mentoring celebrated National Mentoring Month on January 24th with a fun Bingo Night. There were prizes from Woodbury Mountain Toys, lots of homemade popcorn with Cabot butter and cheese and refreshments. Many thanks to Mark Christensen and Desiree Chadderton for calling the games and to Lynn Rockwell for organizing the event. See you next year!" - Kathleen Hoyne, Mentoring Coordinator

Mentor Bowl with The Mentor Connector
"On January 25th, The Mentor Connector held its annual Mentor Bowl at the Rutland Bowlarama. Teams enjoyed bowling, ice cream, popcorn, pizza, prizes, and plenty of laughs!  For the seventh year,  VELCO was the Prime sponsor of the event. GE, Prescott Towers and Patten Oil also participated as STRIKE sponsors! The Mentor Connector is a non-profit organization serving all of Rutland County with a volunteer mentoring program for youth kindergarten through the end of high school. Thank you to all of the mentor pairs and supporters who came out and bowled!"- Courtesy of Rebecca Majoya, Executive Director


beCAUSE Craft Show at St. Michael's College

The beCAUSE Craft Show is a benefit craft show which connects artists, local vendors, and community. Ben Thurber Sr. is a local artist who sells pen and ink sketches, watercolor paintings, stationery, and other items featuring Vermont scenes. Ben will donate a portion of his earnings at the show to Mobius, Vermont's Mentoring Partnership, to support youth mentoring throughout Vermont.

What: beCAUSE Craft Show
Admission: $3, to be donated directly to the Vermont Foodbank. Children under 12 attend for free.
When: Saturday, March 22nd, from 9:30AM-4:00PM.
Where: Ross Sports Center at St. Michael's College.

For more information, visit the Mentoring Events Calendar or the beCAUSE Craft Show website.

City Market Cooking Class: Mexican Fiesta
All of City Market's monthly classes are FREE for teens (13 and up) accompanied by a mentor! Instructions for how to sign up are in the flyer to the right. New promotional code: “mentorscook.”

The Leprechaun Soup and Irish Soda Bread class is also free for kids ages 6-12 who are accompanied by a mentor.

When: Monday, March 17th from 5:30 to 7 PM
Where: McClure Multi-Generational Center
Registration: See flyer to the right for details, or visit City Market's class calendar.

Mentoring Training: Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development
Join a special mentor training on Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development, led by Amy Johnson and hosted by the Chittenden County Mentoring Network.
When: Wednesday, March 19, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Heritage Aviation, Airport Drive, South Burlington, VT, United States (map)
Who: Any interested mentors are welcome to attend this training!

For more information, e-mail Light supper will be provided.

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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.