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At the beginning of May, Mobius announced the start of the 2016-2017 Vermont Mentoring Grants application process. These annual grants, traditionally made possible through support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, and the Vermont Department for Children and Families, are designed to support new and existing mentoring programs in Vermont that match adult volunteers as mentors for youth mentees (ages 5-22) in long-term, quality-based mentoring relationships. 

The Vermont Mentoring Grants, as the only mentoring-specific funding for adult-to-youth mentoring programs in Vermont, play an instrumental role in the growth and stability of adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. 

For more information about the grant guidelines, and how to apply, please visit the Mobius website.


Walmart Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to Support
K-12 Mentoring Initiative

Mobius is excited to announce that the organization has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. This funding is supporting Mobius’ K-12 Mentoring Initiative, a collaborative effort between Mobius and adult-to-youth mentoring programs to provide mentoring services for Vermont youth.

"The Mobius K-12 Mentoring Initiative is helping kids throughout Vermont believe in themselves, overcome obstacles and realize their potential. The Walmart Foundation is very proud to provide support that will enable this important program to reach more children and enrich more lives," said Walmart Director of Public Affairs Jason Klipa.

For more information, read the news brief in Vermont Business Magazine.

Reminder for VT Mentoring Surveys
The 2016 Vermont Mentoring Surveys
  • Please review the toolkit for more details.
  • The surveys will be available to programs from April 1st – June 30th. You may select any six-week window during this time-frame to administer them
  • Programs that are receiving funding through the Vermont Mentoring Grants, please reference your grant award letter to determine your requirements around the Vermont Mentoring Surveys.
  • We hope that all mentoring programs in Vermont will take advantage of this resource! For more information about how to get started, contact benji@mobiusmentors.org.
Steph Curry and His Mentor Barack
What happened when Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and President Barack Obama spent a day together at The White House? Mentoring can happen in moments big and small and you have the power to change a young person’s life. Join the movement and become a ‪#MentorIRL‬‬. Learn more by watching this short video.

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!
Want to submit your recent mentoring event?
E-mail benji@mobiusmentors.org for questions and submissions.
June 16: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partners. When: Thurs, June 16 | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the link for info and/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 will be in August. 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.
 
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.

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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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.

 
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