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School-based mentoring programs are up and running again with the students starting to get settled into their weekly routines of a new school year. With more than 100 school-based mentoring programs in Vermont, serving over 1,000 students, that weekly routine includes having a volunteer adult mentor from their community come into their school once a week to spend an hour of time mentoring them. A youth spending as little as four hours a month with a caring, consistent adult mentor in school or out in the community can have profound impacts on the life of that young person. Learn more about the benefits of mentoring by visiting the Mobius website and read what Mark Andrews (Superintendent of Essex Town School District) and Pam Quinn (Director of the Twinfield Together Mentoring Program) have to say about the benefits of mentoring on youth in their communities.

2015 NE Conference on Youth Development and Mentoring
On Wednesday, November 4, Mobius staff and Vermont mentoring coordinators joined more than 250 mentoring and youth development professionals from across New York and New England at the 2015 Northeast Conference on Youth Development and Mentoring in Somerville, MA. The one-day conference was hosted by Mass Mentoring in collaboration with Mobius, other state mentoring partnerships, and MENTOR. It was a fun and informative day of learning, collaboration, and networking on topics surrounding youth-adult relationships and ways to enhance programs. Highlights included a lunch panel of youth mentees who shared their mentoring stories with the group, and an energizing performance by the Sci Tech High School Band from Springfield, MA.

2016 National Mentoring Month Materials Are Out
The Partner Toolkit is out and National Mentoring Month (NMM) has a whole new look! Get the National Mentoring Month Partner Toolkit and explore the site to get ready for the celebration in January 2016. We are so excited to announce that mentor pair Mark and Garret from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County are featured in the NMM materials! They were originally featured in a Meet a Mentor Pair profile as a part of Vermont's Mentoring Newsletter back in February.

Secretary of Education Thanks You & Addresses Absenteeism
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan thanked mentors and announced to America how mentors everywhere are tackling chronic absenteeism. Listen to the real impact of missing just a few days of school, how mentoring relationships can offer extra support, and join him to help young people stay connected to school. Want to learn what you can actually do to address the chronic absenteeism challenge? Visit MENTOR's website and download the partner toolkit.

Take Your Mentee to a UVM Hockey or Basketball Game For Free!
Thanks to a generous donation from a UVM alumnus, Mobius is once again able to offer a pair of free tickets to every UVM home hockey and basketball game during the 2015-2016 season. All mentors need to do is fill out the form, select the game or games they plan to attend, and make sure they include contact information in their response. Then Benji will follow up to get them their tickets.

Is Your Mentoring Program in the 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 potential mentors can search for mentoring opportunities by zip code, ages of youth served, and program type to find and contact programs that interest them. Their national recruiting partners that will help drive potential mentors to the site include the NBA, the White House My Brother’s Keeper initiative and others who promote the Mentoring Connector through national campaigns. Last year this system had more than 80,000 searches.

Although your program may have been in MENTOR’s original database, called the Volunteer Referral Service, 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.”

New Recent Mentoring Events Blog Posts:
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 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!
  • Twinfield Together Mentoring's Cider Pressing Event | October 8th, 2015
  • Howard Center's Community Friends Mentoring and King Street Center's Halloween Party | October 27th, 2015

Want to submit your recent mentoring event?
E-mail for questions and submissions.

November 10: Opiates Community Forum
What: A Community Conversation to develop solutions for opiate addiction. This month on "For Families Impacted by Addiction - There is Hope" When: Tue, Nov 10 | 4:00 - 7:00pm Where: Temple Sinai | 500 Swift Street | South Burlington, VT

November 12: Presentation on Autism Spectrum Disorder
What: Fall Community Series hosted by the Howard Center, this month on "Autism in Children and Teens.When: Thurs, Nov 12 | 6:00 - 7:30pm Where: | 1 Howard Street | Burlington, VT

November 17: Mentor Appreciation Night
What: Join mentors from around Chittenden County for a fun evening of networking and appreciation. The event is free to attend, and includes light hors d’oeuvres, and a free drink (courtesy of Wagoner Libby Group) for the first 50 mentors. Huge thank you to Wendell's Furniture and the United Way of Chittenden County for making all this possible by sponsoring the event this year! RSVP to your mentoring program coordinator if you plan to attend. When: Tues, Nov 17 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm Where: ArtsRiot | 400 Pine Street | Burlington, VT

November 19: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partners. This month on "National Mentoring Month: Amplifying Your Voice.When: Thurs, Nov 19 | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the links for info or registration.

January 27-29: National Mentoring Summit 2016
What: The 6th annual National Mentoring Summit hosted by MENTOR will explore the theme of “Connection, growth, and opportunity." Visit here to view the 60 workshops, as well as other event details. Use and follow #MentoringSummit2016 to be a part of the conversation. When: Jan 27-29 Where: Renaissance Washington DC | 999 9th Street NW | Washington, DC

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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. Want more information or to attend the next meeting? E-mail the CCMN group (
Special Event This Month: Mentor Appreciation Night!

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.

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. 

PSA: The 30-second video is a collaborative effort between Northbranch Media and Mobius created to help spread awareness and recruit new mentors for young Vermonters! Share the video with your friends, followers, family and anyone you think would make a good mentor.
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