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“I truly believe that my mentor, Danielle, has made me the person who I am today.”
– Amy Conn, former mentee through Connecting Youth and the Howard Center


Amy Conn is the first in her family to attend college. She’s made it to where she is today through hard work and, like most of us, with a little help. When Amy was 11 years old, she was matched with Danielle O’Brien, a Connecting Youth mentor at her middle school in Williston. Over the past decade, Danielle has been a consistent presence in Amy’s life, providing invaluable support and encouragement. When Amy moved on to high school, Danielle was able to move along with her, by transitioning their mentoring relationship to the Howard Center’s Community Friends program. Amy credits Danielle with encouraging and supporting her during several difficult periods of transition.

Research—and common sense—tells us that the longer the mentoring relationship lasts, the greater the positive impact for the child. Helping mentoring programs collaborate so relationships—like Danielle and Amy’s—can last as long as possible is just one of the ways that Mobius strengthens mentoring in Vermont. Through grants, technical assistance, advocacy, and other statewide initiatives, Mobius ensures that Vermont’s many mentoring programs succeed, grow, and meet the needs of youth in their communities. Please consider making a donation to support Mobius this year and help us ensure more young people like Amy will benefit from having a mentor to turn to for support throughout their childhood, and beyond. 
 
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MENTOR's 25th Anniversary and Founder's Circle Celebration!
On November 9th, Mobius Executive Director Chad Butt attended MENTOR's 25th Anniversary Celebration in New York City. The event recognized the accomplishments of MENTOR over their first 25 years, the organization's founders Raymond Chambers and Geoffrey Boisi, and the founders of the State Mentoring Partnerships. The following founders of Mobius were recognized as members of the Mentoring Founder's Circle for their instrumental role in the organization's formation:
  • Theresa Alberghini DiPalma
  • Rick Davis
  • Sascha Mayer
  • Dan Smith
  • Larry Williams
Mobius would not be where it is today with out their dedication and support.

Get Ready for 2016 National Mentoring Month
MENTOR's Toolkit
The Partner Toolkit is out and National Mentoring Month (NMM) has a whole new look! Get the National Mentoring Month Partner Toolkit and explore the site to get ready for the celebration in January 2016. We are so excited to announce that mentor pair Mark and Garret from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County are featured in the NMM materials! They were originally featured in a Meet a Mentor Pair profile as a part of Vermont's Mentoring Newsletter back in February.

Vermont Mentoring Month Webinar
January 2016 is National Mentoring Month and it is coming up fast! Want to learn more about how your mentoring program can get involved locally? Fill out this form to sign up for this year's informational webinar, hosted by Mobius on Thursday, December 17 at 1pm.

Be sure to follow Mobius on social media throughout the month of December to receive information about trainings, tools, and tips on how your program can join the local festivities here in Vermont. If you have any questions, you may also email Mobius at info@mobiusmentors.org

Free UVM Hockey and Basketball Tickets Going Fast
Thanks to a generous donation from a UVM alumnus, Mobius is once again able to offer a pair of free tickets to every UVM home hockey and basketball game during the 2015-2016 season. Tickets are going fast and we only have games for women's hockey and women's basketball left. Sign-up now to reserve a game day! All mentors need to do is fill out the form, select the game or games they plan to attend, and make sure they include contact information in their response. Then Benji will follow up to get them their tickets.

Ski for Free with Your Mentee
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports offers a special gift to volunteers: volunteer any season of the year, and receive a free ski pass! Vermont Adaptive is also a part of the Mobius Community Service Program (MCSP), so there is a service project set up for mentors and their mentees to do together. Mentor pair volunteers can help Vermont Adaptive participants with getting in and out of a boat or bike, going paddling in a tandem kayak or canoe, riding a tandem bike, supporting a biker in a single bike or kayak, and helping to assist the program coordinator in creating a positive recreational experience for all participants. So go volunteer, bring your MCSP card and ski for free.

Getting Active and Making a Difference Guidebook
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. This new partnership is driven by the Healthy Vermonters 2020 goals that aim to reduce the number of obese youth to 8% by 2020, and the inherent mission of mentoring, to enhance the lives of youth and provide them with a foundation for success. 

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. 

Host an AmeriCorps Member
The Vermont Higher Education Council (VHEC) is seeking community partners interested in hosting AmeriCorps members this summer. Each AmeriCorps member will serve 450 hours over the course of a few months (approximately full-time for 12 weeks). Positions should be related to either mentoring, addressing the summer slide, or college access and preparation. Interested in learning more? Please contact Nicole Stefanowicz, VHEC AmeriCorps Program Director, at nicole@vermonthec.org or (802) 654-2096.

Is Your Mentoring Program in the 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 potential mentors can search for mentoring opportunities by zip code, ages of youth served, and program type to find and contact programs that interest them. Their national recruiting partners that will help drive potential mentors to the site include the NBA, the White House My Brother’s Keeper initiative and others who promote the Mentoring Connector through national campaigns. Last year this system had more than 80,000 searches.

Although your program may have been in MENTOR’s original database, called the Volunteer Referral Service, 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.”

New Recent Mentoring Events Blog Posts:
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!
Want to submit your recent mentoring event?
E-mail benji@mobiusmentors.org for questions and submissions.

December 17: Vermont Mentoring Month Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by Mobius on trainings, tools, tips about Vermont's involvement in National Mentoring Month. When: Thurs, Dec. 17 | 1:00pm Where: Online. Follow the link for info or submissions.

December 17: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partners. This month on "Mentoring Youth from Military Families: Lessons Learned and Effective Strategies." When: Thurs, Dec. 17 | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the links for info or registration.

January 16: SB Gala
What: SB Mentoring's 3rd Annual Winter Gala to celebrate National Mentoring Month with a dinner. Contact Susie Merrick at (802) 238-1054 or smerrick@sbschools.net to purchase tickets. Tickets are $15. When: Sat, Jan. 16 | 6:00 - 8:30pm Where: F.H. Tuttle Middle School | 500 Dorset Street | South Burlington, VT

January 27-29: National Mentoring Summit 2016
What: The 6th annual National Mentoring Summit hosted by MENTOR will explore the theme of “Connection, growth, and opportunity." Visit here to view the 60 workshops, as well as other event details. Use and follow #MentoringSummit2016 to be a part of the conversation. When: Jan 27-29 Where: Renaissance Washington DC | 999 9th Street NW | Washington, DC

Want your event to be added to the Dates to Know list?
E-mail newsletter@mobiusmentors.org.

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 Wed, Dec 9th from 9:00 - 10:30am at the Mobius office (20 Winooski Falls Way | Winooski, VT). We'll be covering National Mentoring Month, advocacy work, and follow-up from the Mentor Appreciation event. Want more information or to attend the next meeting? E-mail the CCMN group (ccmn@mobiusmentors.org).

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.

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.

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.

PSA: The 30-second video is a collaborative effort between Northbranch Media and Mobius created to help spread awareness and recruit new mentors for young Vermonters! Share the video with your friends, followers, family and anyone you think would make a good mentor.
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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.

 
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