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"Mobius is proud to announce the launch of the National Mentoring Resource Center! Created by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the National Mentoring Resource Center enables Mobius to offer programs the opportunity to apply for individualized program assistance at no cost. "
- Chad Butt, Executive Director

Program Assistance Now Available!
Mentoring programs may now apply for no-cost specialized local program assistance through the National Mentoring Resource Center. This program assistance will be provided by local experienced mentoring coordinators and experts in the field. Requests for assistance should be for aspects to help your program better be in better alignment with the national standards for quality-based mentoring, The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ and the Vermont Core Standards for Mentoring. Requests may be to help your program reach core standards, but also for enhancements of your program that go beyond required best practices. Mobius looks forward to working with programs across the state to utilize this great opportunity and asks for your patience as we work with you to implement this new system. Read more below and please reach out to us with any questions.

MENTOR’s Thoughts on the National Mentoring Resource Center
“In 2013, the OJJDP selected MENTOR to establish the first-ever OJJDP resource center focused solely on mentoring. This resource center builds on OJJDP’s history, leadership and investments in quality youth mentoring while harnessing nearly 25 years of experience brought by MENTOR’s network of affiliate 
Mentoring Partnerships. It is designed to improve the quality and effectiveness of youth mentoring across the nation. The National Mentoring Resource Center will launch in late 2014 and will be a comprehensive and reliable resource for mentoring tools, best practices and training opportunities.”

Chittenden County Community Forum on Opiate Addiction
Mobius Executive Director Chad Butt, served on the planning committee for the Chittenden County Community Forum on Opiate Addiction held on August 5th at the Vermont Commons School. Chad reflects, “It was great to see a wide range of people from the community come together to share resources and work together to find tangible ways to address the issue of opiate addiction in our community. People left the event with ideas of how they personally could help and becoming a mentor was one of the options that was discussed.”

Sam Hemingway of the Burlington Free Press writes, “Tuesday's forum, held at the Vermont Commons School in South Burlington, drew a crowd that included treatment professionals, community organizers, police and other interested parties…there was some good news to report: The percentage of Vermonters abusing opiates declined in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, and treatment for addiction is more available. ‘The numbers are beginning to go in the right direction’ (Deputy Health Commissioner Barbara Cimaglio)...

‘Not everyone's an expert.. but everybody can do something' (Martha Maksym, executive director of United Way of Chittenden County)."
Read the Full Article Here

To learn more about mentoring’s role as a proven prevention technique read Chad Butt's article in Burlington Free Press: "My Turn: Mentoring has role in reducing addiction".

Program Leadership Council Election Process
Mobius and the current members of the Program Leadership Council (PLC) would like to invite you to submit your name as a candidate or nominate others for the upcoming PLC election by September 15th to Mobius will then follow up with candidates to get a short letter of interest and elections will occur in October. In order to be eligible for the PLC, candidates must be current staff, mentors or board members of a partner mentoring organization.

Program Leadership Council Role
Vermont mentoring programs are directly represented within Mobius by the PLC. This group is comprised of elected representatives from mentoring programs across the state who advise the organization on its mentoring initiatives. Four members of this council also sit on
 Mobius’ Board of Directors.

You can view a full description of the PLC member role here.
PLC Group Picture

Reach Out to Andrea: New VISTA Member at Mobius
Hello Readers,
I am so excited to have officially started as the Communications and Marketing Specialist/AmeriCorps VISTA for the 2014-2015 term! During my time here I will be focusing on projects concerning the new, statewide Mobius Mentor Discount Card, National Mentoring Month in January, the Vermont's Mentoring Newsletter, as well as our social media platforms.

I have felt so welcome and encouraged by the people I have been able to connect with over e-mail, phone and in person. It is my third week here, at Mobius, and I would love to hear from anyone who has any questions for me or anyone who wants to reach out. I look forward to our time together this year!

Feel free to contact me anytime at or 802.658.1888

Andrea Holt is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with Mobius through AmeriCorps VISTA program Vermont for Youth Tomorrow.

Brattleboro Reformer
On August 11th, the Brattleboro Reformer wrote a touching piece about the role mentors can play in prevention efforts. The author, Robin Rieske, MS, has been a Certified Prevention Consultant for the Vermont Department of Health for over 22 years.

Rieske touches on how mentoring is a natural part of every youth’s development and she gives readers the opportunity to reflect on their own personal mentor experiences. She inspires others to realize how easily they can be a mentor to a youth in need; just by being a support system and a caring listener.

The article also highlights
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County for its amazing achievements in mentoring!
Girls/Boyz First Mentoring in the Times Argus
Amy Nixon of the Times Argus covered the story of mentee, Kayla Kew, and her mentor, Wendy Dale, in the August 20th newspaper publication. Kew and Dale have been a part of the Girls/Boyz First Mentoring program for seven years. The article begins with pair's reflections of their time together and how mentoring has been an amazing support system for both of their lives.

Nixon includes a great point from Wendy Freundlich, coordinator of Girls/Boyz First, about the costs of funding a mentoring program. “[It] is much, much less than social services or incarceration if the kids are not helped... so it’s cost-effective, it’s research-based, it’s simple." Freundlich goes on to say, "I have many kids in the program who are going to college for the first time in their families, I have kids who have been through (the state Department for Children and Families) and had a very bumpy ride with family issues, and they are still connected with their mentors over the years... I also just have middle-class kids who need an extra person in their lives.”


Recent Event To Share? Fill Out This Form!

Vermont Air National Guard Speaks on Mentoring
The Vermont Air National Guard hosted members from the Chittenden County Mentoring Network on Saturday morning at the base in South Burlington to speak about mentoring opportunities in the area.

Colonel Steven Lambrecht, a member of the Air National Guard,” spoke about his experience as a mentor this year with Connecting Youth Mentoring at Williston Central School. Program coordinators also got the chance to explain the commitment and rewards that come with being a mentor. Programs across the county and beyond were represented including Spectrum Youth and Family Services, King Street Center, HowardCenter Community Friends Mentoring Program, Monkton Mentors, and Milton Mentors!.

Thanks to the Air National Guard for hosting, and thank you to the program staff who represented the mentoring community in Vermont!

Lake Monsters Host a 2014 Mentoring Night
On Monday, August 4th, around 50 mentors and mentees were treated to a free baseball game at the Lake Monsters’ home park, Centennial Field! Nothing brings out the kid in a mentor like a solid, warm-hearted day at the local baseball field.

John Tatro got to create a special memory on the field as he and his mentor, Amy Spector, threw out the first pitch of the game together. Tatro and Spector are a part of the
HowardCenter Community Friends mentoring program. Amy, who has been mentoring for John for three years, exclaimed with delight that, “Seeing him on the pitcher’s mound was the highlight of my summer…and he threw a perfect strike!”

Mentor pairs came from nearby towns, as far south as Rutland County, and from a variety of seven different mentoring programs across the state to enjoy a night of community spirit. Attendees were connected to the opportunity through their mentoring programs:
the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, the HowardCenter Community Friends Mentoring, the King Street Center, Mentor Connector, Milton Mentors!, Spectrum Youth and Family Services and Girls Boyz First Mentoring.

A huge thank you the Lake Monsters for providing free tickets and hosting the mentor pairs. The event was co-sponsored by the Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN) and Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership.
Twinfield Together Mini-Golf and Pizza Night
On Tuesday, August 19th, mentees and their mentors had a night of fun memories, pizza and mini-golf! Eight mentor pairs enjoyed the friendly competition and good food with the Twinfield Together Mentoring Program. The group also had a special moment, recognizing the bittersweet close of a mentor pair. The mentee has moved away, but the pair made sure to have a proper goodbye after being together for five years. Terri and Breannah serve as wonderful example of the relationships that naturally occur from a mentor and mentee match.
Second Annual Mentor Connector Bocce Tournament
On Saturday, August 23rd, The Mentor Connector held its Second Annual Bocce Tournament at the Italian American Club in Rutland, Vermont. The night included a single elimination tournament, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, lots of food and, of course, lots of fun!
10 teams competed in the bocce tournament and the two-year-sponsor team
Prescott Towers came away as victors. Other sponsors who valiantly participated in the event were VELCO, Jesser Vermont Gold, RRMC, Rutland Vet Clinic, Vermont Country Store, Patten Oil, and Fred Bradley. Amongst all the entertainment, the Board of Directors cooked up sausage and burgers on the grill for lunch.

SymQuest Sends Mentees to the Lake Monsters
On Sunday, August 24th, over a dozen people were able to attend the Lake Monsters special 25-cent "Hot Dog Heaven" Night. SymQuest donated a generous package of Lake Monsters tickets to Vermont mentoring programs through Mobius. The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley took full advantage of the opportunity. The mentees and mentors enjoyed a beautiful day of warm sunshine, snacks and baseball fun. Many of the mentees made note that this was their first time seeing a Lake Monsters’ game. It was clear from the excited chatter and witticisms that the pairs enjoyed experiencing the game together. Thank You SymQuest!

Upcoming Event To Share? Fill Out This Form!

Mobius will now be promoting all mentoring events through the quick, easy and simple 'Mentoring Event Submission Form'. Your mentoring event will be included on our website, on our social media platforms, and in the Vermont Mentoring Newsletter! See all upcoming mentoring events in one place, on the Mobius website: The Mentoring Events Calendar.

Attendance Awareness Month
September is Attendance Awareness Month! 2015 marks the second 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. This campaign is an exciting opportunity for everyone–community members, parents, schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, and politicians alike–to highlight the important roles that we all play in supporting youth in our communities. Mentoring programs play a key role in keeping students in school, and actively engaged in the classroom. Research studies from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and MENTOR demonstrates that youth with mentors:

  • Are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school.2014Badge
  • Are 37% less likely than their peers to skip a class.
  • Were Students at-risk for not graduating who are now 36% more likely to aspire to enroll in and graduate from college.

Get involved with the campaign!
Visit the Attendance Awareness page on the Mobius website.

(The campaign is spearheaded by Attendance Works
and a diverse range of
local and national partners.)

AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary "ThunderClap" Celebration
Happy Birthday AmeriCorps! AmeriCorps invites all AmeriCorps alumni, current members, fans, as well as their relatives and friends to "show the world the power of service" by celebrating AmeriCorps' 20th Anniversary on September 12th with the "Thunderclap" campaign. Find out how you can show your support, get involved and join the Thunderclap.

SerVermont will be joining AmeriCorps partners around the country in recognizing and honoring the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps. Vermont's celebration will be held in the Vermont State House in Montpelier, and will include feature the recognition of Governor’s Service Awards recipients, remarks from Governor Peter Shumlin, Mayor John Hollar of Monteplier, AmeriCorps Alums, and participation in the nation-wide simultaneous AmeriCorps Pledge, led by President Obama via live stream.

Please join us in celebrating this historic occasion and recognizing some amazing volunteers. The day includes a lunch reception and optional afternoon service projects at a variety of locations.
Register here if you want to meet us at the State House, join us for food and/or participate in a service project.

Where: Vermont State House
             Montpelier, VT
When: Friday, September 12th, 2014
           10:00 - 3:30pm
Registration Information: FREE


Register Here!
for the celebration, lunch, and/or service project.


Cabot Ride the Ridges
Cabot Connects Mentoring annually hosts “Cabot Ride the Ridges”: a fundraiser cycling event in support of mentoring. All proceeds benefit the town of Cabot’s mentoring program, Cabot Connects. For more than eight years, Cabot Connects has matched adult volunteers with young people (ages 9-17) to promote caring and supportive relationships that improve outcomes for youth and the community. The cycling event is a variety of fun and challenging, mostly dirt road, bike rides through the scenic landscapes and rugged terrain of Cabot and Peacham, Vermont. Bikers can register and choose from four rides of different sceneries and intensities.

Hosted by: Cabot Connects Mentoring
When: Sunday, September 14th, 2014 | Start @ 8am/10am | End @ 4pm
(Note: starting and ending times vary depending on the ride)
Where: Starting Point: Cabot High School
                                      25 Common Road
                                                                   Cabot, VT 05647

Register Information: Deadline: Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 5:00pm ET
All adult (18+) rides: $25
Family discount (2+): $40
Age 13-17: $15
Age 12 and Under: Free
*Note: fees increase after September 1st


Vermont Afterschool Conference
Mobius is partnering with Vermont Afterschool to provide a training opportunity to mentoring program staff members. The Vermont Afterschool Conference on October 24th, 2014 at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Stowe is open to mentoring program staff at the member rate of $100 (for those who register before October 1st). With the keynote speaker (Dr. Robert Brooks) focusing on resiliency and a wide range of workshops to choose from we hope you will find aspects of the conference transferable to the work you do within your mentoring program. There will also be a workshop solely designed for mentoring professionals that are there for us to work together to address key issues that you’re facing in your work and programs. We hope to see you there.
When: Friday, October 24th, 2014
Where: Stoweflake Mountain Resort
              1746 Mountain Road
              Stowe, VT 05672

Register Information:
$100/Vermont Afterschool Member
Become a Vermont Afterschool Member when you register to receive discounted rate!

*Note: fees increase after October 1st

Vermont Works for Women: Peer Aggression Among Girls
Vermont Works for Women is sponsoring four Peer Aggression Workshops this fall. The workshops are open to educators, administrators, youth service providers, coaches, parents and all adults. They will focus on how to identify and address peer aggression among girls. They will also offer concrete strategies on how to prevent or mitigate the dynamic that severely limits girls’ supportive networks and aspirations. The workshops are grounded in research on the needs of older adolescents and Vermont Works for Women’s report published in 2013.
When & Where:

  • Tuesday, September 9, 12:30 – 5 pm
    Burlington, VT |
    Register Here
  • Monday, October 27, 12:30 – 5 pm
    Rutland, VT |
    Register Here
  • Tuesday, November 11, 12:30 – 5 pm
    Brattleboro, VT |
    Register Here
  • Thursday, December 11, 12:30 – 5 pm
    St. Johnsbury, VT | Register Here

Register Information: $50/Attendee
2015 National Mentoring Summit
The 2015 National Mentoring Summit is the only national forum that brings together practitioners, researchers, corporate partners, government and civic leaders, national youth-serving organizations and the network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships to explore and advance mentoring’s positive impact on individuals and communities. This year’s theme focuses on Expanding the Mentoring Effect, with over 60 workshops of varying topics and skill levels. This year the summit is extended to a three-day event to incorporate an advocacy activity on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 28.

Where: The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
             999 Ninth St NW
             Washington, DC 20001
When: January 28-30th, 2015

Register Information: $235/Attendee
*Note: fees increase after October 3rd


Book your hotel reservation now and secure the special hotel room rate of $189 plus tax.

Harnessing the Power of Mentoring in Schools: Models & Modalities

What: A webinar on "Harnessing the Power of Mentoring in Schools"
Hosted by: The
Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series, a partnership of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and a planning team comprised of other mentoring programs.
When: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:15pm
Register Information: FREE

"There is a lot of pressure on school based mentoring relationships. Pressure to yield results that prove increased attendance, higher test scores, reduced rates of disciplinary referrals and heightened graduation rates. Are these realistic outcomes of mentoring in schools? Or does mentoring’s influence on a student’s self-perception yield a magic all its’ own?

Join us on September 18th as Tim Cavell, Ph.D. of the University of Arkansas and Amanda Bayer, Ph.D. from Swarthmore College discuss the results of their individual research projects on differing models of mentoring in schools. Their research will set the stage for a lively discussion with three practitioners using unique models to reach students in various parts of our nation."



Visit the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series webpage to learn more!

Register Here!

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Created by Vermont Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA Andrea Holt.      

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.