News from mentoring programs across Vermont.

The following is an excerpt from Executive Director Chad Butt’s My Turn piece “The Role of Mentoring in Addressing Addiction,” printed in the Burlington Free Press on March 20, 2014:

"On January 22, Governor Shumlin invited Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, mentor matches, and mentoring program staff members from across the state to his office to officially proclaim January (National Mentoring Month) as Vermont Mentoring Month.

He told us how much he appreciates the work that mentoring programs do because he knows that mentors help prevent many of the issues he brought up during his State of the State address in January.

According to national research, youth who have experienced at least 18 months in a structured mentoring relationship are: 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs; 52 percent less likely to skip a day of school; 33 percent less likely to engage in physical violence; and 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol.

Mentoring works."
Click here to read more of Chad’s My Turn piece.

Letter From a Mentor
"This is hands-on peace work. I, alone, cannot end wars and violence, I cannot stop the violence of poverty and economic injustice; that takes organized people working together for lifetimes and we all, in our way, already do that. Mentoring a young person is peace work, something we can do and see the benefits; Dylan’s and my conversations have taken us into places that he and I may not have opportunities to explore elsewhere. I marvel with gratitude at the trust and affection that has grown between us. He continues to surprise and delight me with his insights, and sweet disposition which is sometimes hidden in a nine-year-old rambunctious boy. In some ways our relationship is the best peace work I have ever done, and it is so much fun."

To read the full letter from Joseph Gainza, visit our blog. Joseph and Dylan are with the Twinfield Together Mentoring Program. This letter is courtesy of Pam Quinn, Director of the Twinfield Together Mentoring Program and School Coordinator of the Everybody Wins! Vermont program at Twinfield. For more information about the Twinfield Together Mentoring Program, or if you’d like to contact Joseph, please e-mail Pam at

Vermont State Board of Education Seeks Student Members
Is your mentee interested in leadership, education, and government?

The Governor's office is seeking applications for student membership on the Vermont State Board of Education!

"This opportunity is open to Vermont secondary students who will graduate in 2016 or later. The term is for a two-year membership on the SBE. During the first year the student is a non-voting member of the board; in the second year, the student will have voting rights along with the eight adult members. The SBE meets monthly on the third Tuesday. Applications should be sent by May 2, 2014 to Susan Spaulding, 109 State Street, Montpelier 05609-1101." Click here to learn more!

Everybody Wins VT Celebrates Literacy Nights Across the State
"Everybody Wins! Vermont literacy nights create an opportunity for parents, students, mentors, and school officials to meet one another in an enjoyable atmosphere that exemplifies Everybody Wins! - having fun with books, words, and ideas.

The purpose of these events is to:
  • Offer an opportunity for parents to meet their child(ren)'s reading mentor and EW! VT staff
  • Provide an opportunity to recognize and thank all those involved with EW! VT
  • Provide parents and Reading Mentors with new skills, and improve existing skills in literacy and reading aloud to children.
This year, events have included several Read-a-thons, poetry-themed events, and author visits. The St. Johnsbury School held its literacy event at the Fairbanks Museum where mentors, mentees, and families enjoyed a presentation in the planetarium. Mary Hogan School EW! VT program held its event at the Ilsley Public Library to celebrate the unveiling of the 2014-15 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award book list." - Everybody Wins! Vermont Executive Director Bonnie Ferro

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

Twinfield Together Mentoring Program's Bowling Party
"On March 21st, community-based mentors and mentees from the Twinfield Together Mentoring Program met up at Twin City Lanes in Berlin for some bowling fun." - Pam Quinn, Director of Twinfield Together Mentoring Program

Mentor Training: Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development

On March 19th, the Chittenden County Mentoring Network led a mentor training on Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development at Heritage Aviation. Amy Johnson, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Trainer and Coordinator at Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, led this informative and critical training, which was open to mentors from any program in the state. Participants learned to better understand the sexual development of youth and children, and how to respond to their sexual behaviors and questions in ways that promote healthy behaviors. To learn more about future mentor trainings throughout Vermont, visit our Mentoring Events Calendar.

Mentor, Exchange and Talk in Bennington
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County hosted a gathering for mentoring programs in southern Vermont on February 27th at United Counseling Services in Bennington. Participants included representatives from Pownal Elementary School, the DREAM Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brattleboro, The Collaborative, Bennington Elementary School, RSVP, The Mentor Connector, Mobius, United Counseling Services, Mount Anthony Union Middle and High Schools, and Manchester Elementary and Middle School. Discussions included volunteer screenings, mentor and mentee trainings, referral process, and collaborative opportunities. Thank you to BBBS of Bennington County for putting together such an important regional meeting!

beCAUSE Craft Show at St. Michael's College
On March 22nd, at the beCAUSE Craft Show at St. Michael's College, local artist Ben Thurber Sr., who sells pen and ink sketches, watercolor paintings, and stationery featuring Vermont scenes, donated $135 of his earnings at the show to Mobius, Vermont's Mentoring Partnership, to support youth mentoring throughout Vermont. Thank you, Ben, for supporting Vermont youth!

Life Bridge Mentoring's Seniors vs. All Stars Game
Life Bridge Mentoring of Central Vermont invites you to the 2nd Annual #SeniorHurrah, a basketball game between local high school seniors and an All-Star team! Captain Richard Phillips joins The Vermont Mountaineers' Brian Gallagher, Spaulding legend David Ball, former Vermont Frost Heaves, UVM alumni and others as they take on the seniors of Spaulding, Websterville and Williamstown in a basketball extravaganza! This event was created to provide the opportunity for adults to see the positives of mentoring. Life Bridge Mentoring’s purpose is to facilitate long-lasting, intentional relationships between students, families and their mentors. Tip off is at 6:30 at Spaulding High School, and there will be twenty minute halves. Let's make this an incredible community fundraiser for Life Bridge Mentoring-Central Vermont!” - Jeff Fuller, Central Vermont Area Director with Life Bridge Mentoring
When: Thursday, April 17th. Tip-off is at 6:30 PM.
Where: Spaulding High School in Barre.

Tickets: $10 for adults. $5 for seniors or children 12 & under. Family pass available for $20.
Checks made payable to: LBCentralVT, PO Box 181 Waterbury Center, VT 05677
More Information: Contact Jeff Fuller at

City Market Cooking Class: Pasta with Pesto Sauce
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 Pasta with Pesto Sauce class is also free for kids ages 6-12 who are accompanied by a mentor.

When: Monday, April 21st, from 5:30 to 7 PM
Where: McClure Multi-Generational Center
Registration: Visit City Market's class calendar for details.

Bluebird BBQ Community Night Fundraiser for Mentoring
Bluebird Barbecue is hosting a Community Night to benefit mentoring programs in Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties on Wednesday, April 9th! Join us for a delicious barbecue dinner and support youth mentoring in your community! From 5:00 to 9:00 PM, Bluebird Barbecue will donate 10% of the night’s proceeds to the Chittenden County Mentoring Network, a coalition of 20 mentoring programs in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. Mentoring staff will also be on hand to share more information about how you can get involved with mentoring!

Financial Literacy Trainings for Mentors and Mentees
Join us for a financial literacy workshop, open to all youth and adults!
What: "Budgeting, Spending and Saving: How to make the best choices you can"
Hosted by: Colin Ryan: Comedian and Inspirational Speaker
When: Saturday, April 12, 10:30-11:30
Where: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier

This is the first in a series of four Financial Literacy Workshops for mentors, mentees, and families. Co-Sponsored by Girls/Boyz First Mentoring, Kellogg Hubbard Library, National Life, Northfield Savings Bank and Vermont State Employees Credit Unio
n. For information on the following trainings, visit our Mentoring Events Calendar or contact Wendy Freundlich at 229-4798 or

Winooski Celebrates Global Youth Service Day
"The City of Winooski invites community members to participate in our first Global Youth Service Day on April 12, 2014! This is a time for youth and adults to come together and volunteer at various service projects throughout the city. We’ll also be having barbecue at the O’Brien Community Center where we will celebrate GYSD and our hard work with delicious food, good music, and lots of fun! Service projects will be from 10AM to 1PM with the barbecue beginning at approximately 1PM. There are service projects for all ages and abilities, and we hope you’ll join us!" - Alaina Wermers, AmeriCorps VISTA and Community Engagement Coordinator, City of Winooski
Click here to sign up.
Service projects include trail maintenance at Casavant Natural Area, invasive species removal at Salmon Hole, Little Free libraries' construction and decoration, preparing and serving the barbecue at the community center, and much more! Click here for more information.

"Ask the Expert" Mentor Training: "Up in Smoke"
Community Friends Mentoring continues its Ask the Expert Series on Thursday, April 10th with "Up in Smoke". HowardCenter Family and Community Program’s Assistant Director Ruth D’Angelo will lead a discussion on Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse in teens and answer questions about the latest drugs and substances on the streets, and what to do next.
RSVP to your mentoring program coordinators and to Catherine Shahan at or 802-488-6650. 
When: Thursday, April 10th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Where:1138 Pine Street, Burlington, VT, United States

ECHO's Community Science Night for Mentoring
Mentors and mentees from the Chittenden County Mentoring Network are invited to a free event at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington.   The evening will feature complimentary dinner, interactive programming led by the ECHO E-Team, and a musical performance by the UVM “Hit Paws” a capella group. To sign up, please contact your mentoring program coordinator by Friday, April 25.

When: Wednesday, April 30 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, 1 College Street, Burlington

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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.