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Mobius Is Moving!
After six great years here in Winooski, Mobius will be moving back to Burlington later this month. Stop by and visit us at our new location:

19 Marble Avenue, Suite 4
Burlington, VT 05401

We will be hosted by our partners from the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children, and will also be sharing office space with the staff of Vermont Birth to Five and Let's Grow Kids. We are grateful to the Permanent Fund for the continued support. We also want to thank My Web Grocer for providing us with discounted office space here at the Mill since our statewide expansion in 2013.

On the Road to MentorCON
Earlier this month, Mobius staff and our colleagues from other mentoring partnerships across the country traveled to Pittsburgh for MentorCON 2016. The conference was convened by MENTOR and hosted by the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Things kicked off on Sunday with a box suite view of a Pittsburgh Pirates games versus the St. Louis Cardinals. The next two days were a great opportunity to network, learn, and share from the great work that MENTOR and state and regional mentoring partnerships are doing to further the mentoring movement locally and nationally. We're excited to take what we learned from everyone at the conference and apply it to our work back here in Vermont.

Nominations Now Open for Cabot Community Celebrity Award
Join MENTOR and Cabot Creamery Cooperative in celebrating the impact of mentoring in real life! Nominate an outstanding mentor in your community today for the 2017 Cabot Community Celebrity Award. MENTOR is accepting nominations for this incredible prize June 13-July 31, 2016 or until 100 entries are received. One outstanding mentor and their guest will win an all-expense paid, eight-day, seven-night Alaskan cruise, June 2-9, 2017.

Mobius Receives Grant to Enhance Website
We are excited to announce that the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust has awarded Mobius a $2,500 grant to support enhancements to our website. This funding will allow us to make the site more mobile-friendly, and help us make changes and additions that will make it a more effective resource for potential volunteers, current mentors, mentoring programs, supporters, and caregivers and counselors trying to place youth into a program. Thank you, Lindsay Trust, for supporting youth mentoring in Vermont!

Free Lake Monsters Tickets from Symquest
Thanks to a generous donation from Symquest, Mobius is once again able to provide free Vermont Lake Monsters tickets for mentor pairs. Sign up for a pair of tickets using this quick Doodle form, and be sure to include your name and email so we can follow up with you to make sure you get your tickets.

The tickets are vouchers so they can be used for any home game this season. Please remember to redeem them at the box office once you know the game you want to attend, and do so in advance for 25 cent Hot Dog Night.

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!
  • Twinfield Together's Car Wash | May 21, 2016
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, this week discussing "Preparing Mentees and Families for Successful Matches." When: Thurs, July 21 | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the links 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).

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.

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.”
 
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.

Get Active, Make A Difference: 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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