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Did you know that the White House budget for FY 18 calls for the elimination of AmeriCorps and other national service programs? (which fall under the Corporation for National Community Service)

Youth mentoring programs, here in Vermont, and nationwide, depend on AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members to support youth in their communities. I joined Mobius as a VISTA member back in 2009, and have been a VISTA supervisor here for the past four years. A variety of talented VISTA members over the years have supported our capacity-building work, and we literally wouldn't be where we are today without them. Many of our agency partners, particularly The DREAM Program, also utilize AmeriCorps and VISTA members to mobilize volunteers and facilitate programming on a daily basis.

Eliminating CNCS from the federal budget would only save a minimal amount of money (less than three hundredths of a percent of the total budget), but the cost of losing national service programs would be devastating. I encourage you to read my commentary in VT Digger to learn more about the benefits of AmeriCorps and how you can get involved in the effort to save it!

Vermont Mentoring Surveys
Mentoring directors and staff members, does your program use the Vermont Mentoring Surveys? This evaluation tool is designed to provide mentoring programs in Vermont with a way to track common data about the effects mentoring is having on youth served by their program, and to allow Mobius to track aggregate data about mentoring throughout the state. The 2017 surveys are now available, and this year's common survey window will be between April 1 and June 30, 2017. Learn more by reviewing the 2017 Survey Toolkit! Please contact Mobius if you are interested in utilizing the surveys for your program.

ECHO Community Science Night
Over 200 mentor pairs from northwest Vermont gathered to explore ECHO! There were hands-on demonstrations with ECHO's E-team, special exhibit "Butterflies, Live!," and a scavenger hunt, in addition to all of ECHO's regular exhibits. NBC 5’s Tom Messner even took time after his weather report to interview DREAM mentor pair Mandy and Rosa! We would like to say a huge thank you to ECHO for hosting us, and to Domino's for donating over 50 pizzas to feed everyone. For more information about the event, visit our Facebook album!

Twinfield Together Mentor Appreciation Dinner
98 mentors, mentees, and Twinfield Together Mentoring Program supporters came out to celebrate mentoring at an appreciation dinner on March 16th. Big C Sugaring even donated maple syrup to each mentor to thank them for "stepping up!"

JUMP Fundraiser
Mike Flynn and Alice Muh celebrate with Chad Butt, Mobius Executive Director, at the Northeast Kingdom Youth Services (NEKYS) Cabin Fever Reliever party, Saturday, March 18 at Lyndon State College. This annual auction event supports the JUMP mentoring program at NEKYS. As the guest speaker, Chad spoke about the work of Mobius and mentoring throughout Vermont. He noted that JUMP is one of two mentoring programs in the NEK and urged the audience to bid high and often in support of the program!

beCAUSE Craft Show
At the beCAUSE Craft Show, local artist Ben Thurber (Benji's father) sold his pen and ink and watercolor-based prints, stationery and many more items, and donated half of his proceeds ($200) to Mobius. There were more than 100 other crafters at the show, with each one supporting a cause-based organization in Vermont!
April 1st: VSAC College Pathways
What: A free college planning workshop for high school juniors, seniors, and their parents or guardians. Walk-ins welcome! When: Saturday, April 1st | 9:00am - 12:30pm Where: Castleton University | 62 Alumni Dr | Castleton

April 1st: Bowl for Kids' Sake
What: This event is the primary fundraiser for BBBS of Windham County. The success of this event ensures that they are able to continue providing a high quality mentoring program to youth in Windham County!  When: Saturday, April 1st | 9:00am - 2:00pm Where: Brattleboro Bowl | 865 Putney Rd | Brattleboro Register: Find out how you can support a team or register to participate here. 

April 4th: American Flatbread Benefit Bake for Mobius
What: Flatbread will be donating $3.50 for every large flatbread and $1.75 for every small flatbread to Mobius, to support mentoring across the state. If you can't stay for a sit-down dinner, that's okay, takeout orders qualify too! When: Tue, April 4th | 5:00pm-11:30pm  Where: American Flatbread, Burlington Hearth | 115 St. Paul St. | Burlington

April 13th: Journey Mentoring "Senior Hurrah" Basketball Night 
What: Journey Mentoring will be celebrating their local high school senior basketball players for the fifth consecutive year as they play some of Vermont's best. When: Thurs, April 13th | 6:00pm-9:00pm Where: Spaulding High School | 155 Ayers St  | Barre

April 20th: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partners. This month's topic is ReEntry Mentoring: Conversations from the Field on Working with System-Involved Youth. When: Thurs, April 20th | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the links for info or to register.

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Pathways to Promising Careers
The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor has recently released the latest edition of Pathways to Promising Careers. This resource highlights 54 of Vermont’s promising jobs—and the education and training pathways that lead to them. Each job is expected to pay an average of at least $20/hour and have at least 100 openings over the next decade. It's an excellent resource and conversation starter for students of all ages!

Camp Daybreak
Know a young Vermonter who could benefit from a supportive summer experience? Camp Daybreak serves Vermont children ages 8-11 with a range of social, behavioral and mental health needs by providing a one-week residential summer camp experience. Each camper is paired with a high school-or college-aged volunteer, ensuring that they are provided with around the clock attention and support during their experience. Use this link to get more information and to apply to be a counselor or volunteer.

Governor's Institutes of Vermont
Any enthusiastic Vermont 9th-11th grader is invited to join the Governor's Institutes of Vermont for their best summer yet! The eleven summer institutes span over 50 topics in the arts, sciences, current events, and more, giving talented students the chance to immerse themselves in a topic they love, make new friends from all over the state, and experience life on a college campus. For one to two weeks, high school students will build skills, interests, and a passion for learning that they can carry into their plans for the future. Make sure to apply soon! While deadlines have passed for some schools, applications are still being accepted into the first week of April! Use this link to get more information or to apply.

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)

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.
Reward Volunteers: Reward Volunteers 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) 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.

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.

Mentor 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.
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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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