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This past winter, Mobius collaborated with MENTOR (the National Mentoring Partnership) to administer the first statewide youth mentoring program survey since Mobius expanded into Vermont's Mentoring Partnership. We had 29 mentoring agencies participate, that collectively support 100 mentoring program sites throughout the state and 2,000 mentor matches. Over 85% of the mentoring matches in the state were represented in the survey!

All participants were entered into a drawing for cash prizes offered by Mobius and MENTOR. The winners of the prize drawing for participants were: Thank you to all the mentoring program staff that helped Mobius and MENTOR gather important data about the state of mentoring in Vermont and the nation. MENTOR is currently compiling the survey results from across the country and Mobius will be able to share the results this winter.

September is Attendance Awareness Month
September 2016 is Attendance Awareness Month, the fourth annual national campaign centered on raising awareness of the importance of school attendance, and its role in promoting positive youth development, academic achievement, and future success in life. According to national research, youth with mentors are more likely to go to school, graduate from high school, and enroll in college and other post-secondary opportunities.

MENTOR has released a toolkit that provides resources for mentoring supporters across the country to use to help highlight the connection between mentoring and academic attendance and engagement. Join the conversation on social media, share graphics and cover photos, and pull content from sample posts, all through downloading this helpful toolkit. Mark your calendars--the week of September 19 is Mentoring in Real Life and Attendance Week!  And be sure to use the hashtags #SchoolEveryDay and #MentorIRL in all your posts.
 
Wondering how to get other partners from your local school involved? Attendance Works and MENTOR are looking for superintendents to sign a pledge showing their support for the campaign. Learn more and ask them to sign the pledge here.

Registration Now Open for the National Mentoring Summit
Registration is now open for MENTOR's 2017 National Mentoring Summit! Secure your spot before October 3rd to take advantage of the special early bird rate. The early bird rate is $325 (and goes up to $375 after October 3rd). Register here.

The seventh annual National Mentoring Summit will take place February 1st - 3rd, 2017 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown. We look forward to exploring the theme of “Building Relationships, Advancing the Movement” with all our local and national mentoring partners. Will MENTOR and Mobius see you there?

The National Mentoring Summit is the only national convening of youth mentoring professionals, researchers, philanthropic investors and government and civic leaders aimed at collectively strengthening and expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people across the country.

New Volunteers Needed for the Start of the School Year!
Do you know someone whom you think would be a good mentor? All across the state, mentoring programs in local schools are looking for new volunteers as they start a new school program year.  All it takes to be a school-based mentor is an hour or so a week, and an interest in making a new, younger friend.  Community-based programs, as always, are also looking for more mentors. Current mentors, we encourage you to talk to your friends, family members and colleagues about your mentoring experience. Tell them how much fun mentoring can be, and how easy it is to get involved!

To find a mentoring program in their area, they can explore Mobius' directory of mentoring agencies, or fill out an electronic inquiry form to receive more information.

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!
  • Cabot Connects Mentoring's Ride the Ridges Fundraiser | Sept 11th
  • Girls/Boyz First Mentoring's Group Bike Trip | Sept 11th
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County's Backpack Donation | Aug
Want to submit your recent mentoring event?
Email benji@mobiusmentors.org for questions and submissions.
October: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partners. The mentor-focused subject changes every month, so stay tuned for next month's discussion. When: Thurs, Oct 20th | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the link for info and/or registration.

Want your event to be added to the Dates to Know list?
Email 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 is TBD. Want more information or to attend the next meeting? Email the CCMN group (ccmn@mobiusmentors.org).

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.
 
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.

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.