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Thank you to everyone around the state who helped us celebrate Vermont Mentoring Month!
 
On January 14th, Mobius hosted its annual Mentoring Celebration at the Vermont Statehouse. Nearly 100 adult volunteer mentors, youth mentees, program staff and supporters from across the state gathered together to officially recognize January 2016 as Mentoring Month in Vermont. This year’s celebration featured Comcast New England's presentation of the Vermont Mentor of the Year Award to Bob Wheel, a mentor through Spectrum Youth and Family Services. The event also included remarks by 2016 Vermont Mentoring Month Spokesperson Michael Schirling, Vermont Agency of Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe, and Katarina Lisaius, outreach representative from the Office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Sarvesh Sharma, a 13-year-old mentee through the Girls/Boyz First Mentoring program, read aloud a proclamation from the Governor recognizing January as Mentoring Month in Vermont. Later in the afternoon, Representative Leigh Dakin (Windsor-3-1) of the Vermont House of Representatives led the reading of a resolution approved by the House and Senate also marking January as Mentoring Month.

Thank you to all of you that support mentoring in your community and to the sponsors of Vermont Mentoring Month.


2016 National Mentoring Summit
During the final week of National Mentoring Month, Mobius and Vermont program staff members traveled to our nation's capital for the 2016 National Mentoring Summit, convened by MENTOR!

It was a fun week of advocacy, professional development, and networking with colleagues from across the state and other parts of the country. To learn more about Vermont programs’ experience at the Summit, visit our Facebook album.

Mentoring in the News
Did you see Vermont mentors in the news this January?
Visit our Mentoring in the News page to learn more about Comcast Mentor of the Year Bob Wheel (Spectrum), United Way/WPTZ Hometown Hero Emily Harwood (Howard Center Community Friends), 2016 Spokesperson Chief Michael Schirling, and many other mentors and programs across the state!

Comcast's Internet Essentials: Affordable Internet for Mentees
Does your mentee’s family have access to the Internet?

Mobius is excited to announce a new partnership with Comcast through
the Internet Essentials program to help provide affordable internet access
for qualified mentees and their families.

Your mentee and his or her family may be eligible to receive:

  1. High-Speed Home Internet for $9.95 a Month (plus tax)
  2. No installation or equipment fees
  3. No credit check
  4. Option to purchase a Low-Cost Computer for $149.99 (plus tax)
  5. Free Internet Training
 Household Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must have at least one child who is eligible for free or reduced lunch under the National School Lunch Program
  • Must live in an area of Vermont where Comcast internet service is available
  • Must not have subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days
  • Must not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than one year old
To learn more, visit www.mobiusmentors.org/internetessentials or contact info@mobiusmentors.org.

VSAC Mentoring Scholarship
Did you know that there is a scholarship available for Vermont students attending college who have been part of a mentoring program? The Vermont Mentoring Scholarship (VMS) committee has been awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a worthy applicant every year for the past five years and is now seeking applications. The Vermont Mentoring Scholarship provides financial assistance to mentees spurred to follow their dreams by attending college. It is the VMS’s commitment that “once we lift the aspirations of a young person we need to follow through by providing the financial support needed to enable those dreams.”
 
Mentees can apply for the Vermont Mentoring Scholarship by going to www.vsac.org (applications must be submitted by March 4th, 2016 - information is on the bottom-left of the linked page). If you’d like to donate to the Vermont Mentoring Scholarship fund and be part of this great program, make your check payable to The Vermont Mentoring Scholarship and mail it to: VSAC, Attn Patrick Leduc, P.O. Box 2000, Winooski, VT  05404

Risk Management Webinar
Mentoring Central is hosting a three-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. Stay tuned for the date and time for the last part of the three-part series. Check in for information on upcoming Mentoring Central events and webinars.

Last Month for Free UVM Hockey & Basketball Tickets
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. Tickets are going fast and we only have games for women's hockey and women's basketball left. Sign up now to reserve a game day! 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.

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 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!
  • Windsor County Partners' Mentoring Month Event | January 2016
Want to submit your recent mentoring event?
E-mail benji@mobiusmentors.org for questions and submissions.

Want to view all the Vermont Mentoring Month 2016 events? Visit the Mentoring Events Calendar for more information and updates about events across the state.

March 4: Deadline for VSAC Scholarship
What: A scholarship opportunity for Vermont students attending college who have been part of a mentoring program. When: Fri, Mar. 4 Where: Online. Follow the link for info and application.

March 16: ECHO Community Science Night for Mentoring
What: Explore science exhibits with your mentee and other mentor pairs from programs across Chittenden County. The event will include complimentary dinner, and live demonstrations by the ECHO E-Team. Sign up to attend by contacting your mentoring program coordinator! When: Wed, Mar. 16 | 5:30 - 7:30pm Where: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain | 1 College Street | Burlington, VT

March 17: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partnersWhen: Thurs, Mar. 17 | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the link for info or upcoming registration.

April 5: 2016 Vermont Mentoring Symposium
What: A day-long statewide gathering of Vermont mentoring professionals. Together attendees will share, collaborate, and learn from one another. The symposium will feature workshops, networking opportunities, and a mentor/mentee guest panel facilitated by Hal Cohen, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services. Registration info coming soon. $25/attendee. When: Tues, April 5 | 9:30 - 4:00pm Where: Vermont Technical College | 124 Admin Drive | Randolph, VT

Want your event to be added to the Dates to Know list?
E-mail newsletter@mobiusmentors.org.

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 workThe next meeting is Wed, Mar. 9th from 9:00 - 10:30am at the King Street Center (87 King Street | Burlington, VT). Want more information or to attend the next meeting? E-mail the CCMN group (ccmn@mobiusmentors.org).

Mentor 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.

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.

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 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.

 
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