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Mark your calendars for The Northeast Conference on Youth Development and Mentoring on November 4, 2015 in Somerville, MA. Mobius is once again working in collaboration with the other statewide mentoring partnerships in the region and MENTOR to provide an every-other-year regional training and networking opportunity for mentoring program professionals in the northeast. More information will become available this summer. Hope to see you there!
Welcome New Businesses to the Mobius Mentor Discount Card
We are so excited to introduce our newest business partners to the Mobius Mentor Discount Card! Mentor pairs can now get a discount together at the Ben and Jerry’s Factory, Waterbury Scoop Shop, UVM Davis Center Scoop Shop, Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center, Cutting Edge Salon, Lake Champlain Chocolates at the South End Kitchen, MetroRock Climbing Center, Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement Center, and Southern Vermont Arts Center. The discount card expanded into a statewide program in October 2014, so we are especially excited to see business partners supporting mentoring in new areas of the state (including Brattleboro, Manchester, Rutland, and Waterbury). Mentors can always check back for existing discounts and new business partners by visiting the Mobius Mentor Discount Card page.

We Are Hiring!
Mobius is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Marketing Specialist/AmeriCorps VISTA. The VISTA’s role will be to provide services to ‪mentoring programs across the state, and continue to expand larger statewide initiatives, such as: Mobius’ social media presence, the Mobius Mentor Discount Card, a Vermont-specific National Mentoring Month awareness campaign, and Vermont’s Mentoring Newsletter.
Basic Requirements:
  • A bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or related field (or 1-3 years of relevant experience)
  • A driver’s license and willingness to travel around the state.
  • Demonstrated experience in resource development and/or securing in-kind donations.
  • Burlington Area, Vermont
  • Full-time volunteer position, with living allowance
  • One-year position (possibility for second year), starting in August 2015
Deadline for applicants is Wednesday, June 17th, but hiring will be done on a rolling basis. Please send a resume, cover letter and three references to Please, pass along the description to anyone whom you think might be interested.

National Mentoring Resource Center
In collaboration with MENTOR and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Mobius recently became the Vermont technical assistance provider for the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC). Learn more by reading the news release from VTDiggerThe 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 looks forward to working with programs across the state to utilize this great opportunity. Please, ask us any questions that will help you make use of this free resource.

Mentoring programs can apply here.

1) Requests for assistance should be for aspects to help your mentoring program 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.
2) Requests may be to help your program reach core standards, but also for enhancements of your program that go beyond required best practices.

Youth Summer Passes for Vermont Transportation
The Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) and Green Mountain Transit Agency (GMTA) have teamed up to offer the Summer Fun Youth Pass! Youth ages 7-17 can purchase a wristband for $25 (for CCTA local routes) or for $15 (for GMTA local routes) and gain access to unlimited local service, rides and fun! The program will run from June 15th to August 5th, so get your pass soon!

Drop-in Meal Sites for the Summer
School is almost out! Some youth rely on school programs for their meals, so summer can be a tricky time to manage and access food. Hunger Free Vermont provides some resources to help locate drop-in meal sites for the summer. Meal sites are open to all children 18 and under with no application, no registration and no need to call ahead. Many meal sites also have activity or enrichment programs that provide further benefits to kids and families during the summer months. Meal sites will be finalized at the beginning of June and a comprehensive list of sites will be made available early next week (no later than June 15th). The database will be accessible through texting, by phone and on the Hunger Free Vermont website. Texting and calling services are active now.
There are four primary tools mentors can share and/or use to help their mentees find out where summer meals are available:
  • Text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877
  • Dial 2-1-1 (United Way)
  • ‘The Range App’ (A smartphone app by Caravan Studios)
  • Hunger Free Vermont's comprehensive site list on its website

Paint Night for Mt. Abraham Mentors
This week is Mt. Abraham Mentors’ first Paint Night! The event includes a glass of wine and art supplies as an local artists guides the class through a painting session to create their own unique art pieces. Proceeds will benefit mentoring. Must be 21+ to attend.
When: Friday, June 5th | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Where: Inn at Baldwin Creek & Mary’s Restaurant
The Red Barn | 1868 N 116 Road | Bristol, VT
Registration Information: $35/attendee
Make reservations through Bristol Rec (802) 453-5885.

The KidSafe Collaborative's Spring Spectacular Variety Show
You’re invited to join the KidSafe Collaborative this weekend for a night of amazing talent. This is the third annual production bringing local musicians, dancers, and entertainers together for a family-friendly show. Make sure to bring a couple extra dollars, there will also be a raffle and bake sale you won’t want to miss out on! Fundraiser proceeds to benefit KidSafe’s efforts to end child abuse and neglect in Vermont.
When: Saturday, June 6th | 6:00pm
Where: South Burlington High School
550 Dorset Street | South Burlington, VT
Registration Information: $7 adults/$5 children in advance or $10/$5 at the door
Purchase tickets here.

The DREAM Program Alumni Night-Out
Former DREAM mentors and friends of the mentoring program are invited to come enjoy drinks and network with The DREAM Program alumni at Oak45! DREAM's Alumni Network is a group of former DREAM mentors who continue to support its programs and benefit from the resources of a large population of young professionals. Come say hi to old friends and meet some new ones.

When: Wednesday, June 17th | 6:00 - 8:00pm
Where: Oak45 | 45 Main Street | Winooski, VT
Registration Information: Check out the Facebook Page.

Go to a Lake Monsters Game to Benefit Mentoring!
The EverybodyWins! Vermont Baseball Night
What: Tickets are discounted for the evening game against the Lowell Spinners and proceeds will benefit EW!VT's mentoring programs across the state.
When: June 21st | Game starts at 5:00pm
Where: Centennial Field | 287 Colchester Avenue | Burlington, VT
Registration Information: $6/attendee
Buy tickets here.
The Howard Center's Community Friends Mentoring Baseball Night
What: Tickets are discounted for the evening game against the Aberdeen Ironbirds and proceeds benefit the mentoring program.
When: June 24th | Game starts at 7:00pm
Where: Centennial Field | 287 Colchester Avenue | Burlington, VT
Registration Information: Standard pricing applies.
Buy tickets here.

Thank you to the Vermont Lake Monsters for your generous support for the local mentoring community.

The Mentor Connector's Annual Meeting and 10 Year Celebration
The Mentor Connector board and staff would like to invite mentor, mentees and friends of mentoring to their 2015 Annual Meeting and 10 Year Celebration on Tuesday, June 23 at the Chaffee Arts Center in Rutland. This event is free and open to the community.Refreshments will be served.For more information please call (802) 775-3434.
When: Tuesday, June 23rd | 5:00 – 7:00pm
Where: Chaffee Arts Center
16 S Main Street | Rutland, VT

SB Mentoring's Spring Celebration
On May 7th, SB Mentoring young leaders, mentors, and volunteers enjoyed an amazing day of fun at the fourth annual Spring Celebration held at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School. Foosball, ping pong, crafts, basketball, hoola-hoops, face painting, button making, bean bag and ring toss, snacks, a slide show, and a group photo were just some of the fun activities to choose between. Close to 100 SB Mentoring participants – 50 mentees in grades K-7 and 50 mentors – attended and were joined by volunteers from South Burlington High School, including the entire boys’ lacrosse team. Additional volunteers included the South Burlington Police Department, the South Burlington Fire Department, the South Burlington Community Library, the South Burlington Recreation Department, and the Farm-to-School Program. “My mentee told me she wanted to stay at the celebration forever,” noted one SB Mentoring mentor. SB Mentoring is currently recruiting new mentors for the 2015-2016 school year.

SB Mentoring's First Ever Pancake Breakfast
On May 12th, what was for breakfast? On the menu at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington it was pancakes, juice, and fruit salad, all prepared by young leaders in the SB Mentoring program. The idea came from several sixth graders in the program who wanted a way to spend time with one another and with their mentors. What a great way to start the day: with laughter, friendship, and time together. It looks like SB Mentoring has a new tradition!

Connecting Youth Mentoring of Shelburne Shows Off Its Skills
On May 12th, six outstanding girls in the Connecting Youth (CY) Mentoring program presented a mural to the town of Shelburne at the Town Select Board meeting. At the start of his position, Shelburne Town Manager, Joe Colangelo, noticed his office was full of big blank white walls. He approached the Shelburne Community School in the fall of 2014, asking if someone might be interested in painting a mural to cover up the blankness. CY took on the challenge; six girls (in grades 6 -8) with interest and talent met with Alice Brown, mentoring coordinator, and a dedicated mentor who has a silk-screen business. The group created the mural throughout the winter months after school on Tuesdays. The girls sketched out their designs with chalk, then painted on the huge (3' x 8') canvas panels. Their design was divided amongst four panels, each representing a different season in Shelburne. The group looks back recognizing it was a lot more work (and paint) than any of the volunteers could have anticipated. In the end, they have a great final project, of which the CY girls are really proud. The artists got the opportunity to take turns talking about their panels in front of an audience of about 50 people. Read more about this amazing community effort in the Shelburne News.

Mercy Connection's Annual May Luncheon
On May 15th, more than 400 sponsors, supporters and community members gathered at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center for Mercy Connection’s Annual May Luncheon. Each year the Mercy Connections Board of Directors selects a person who exemplifies mercy values and the example of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.This year, the board honored SB Mentoring mentor, Roddy O’Neil Cleary, with the Catherine McAuley award for her life-long service and fostering the dignity of every person.

SB Mentoring's Spring Bookfair and Storytime with Clifford
On May 15th, Clifford came out to support SB Mentoring! That Friday, dozens of mentors, supporters, and community members traveled through the aisles of the Barnes and Noble in South Burlington all day long purchasing summer reading, teacher and birthday gifts, and treats from the café. Additionally, South Burlington High School students volunteered to host a welcome table. A percentage of sales went support supplies for the young leaders and mentors who make up the SB Mentoring community.
The partnership between SB Mentoring and Barnes and Noble has existed since the mentoring program was founded. Bookfairs are held twice a year: one in January for National Mentoring Month and one in May to celebrate another successful school year. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Barnes and Noble,” noted SB Mentoring Coordinator Susie Merrick. “We are very proud to consider them a highly valued community partner to our program.”

Essex FriendCHIPS' 5K Fun Run
On May 16th, Essex FriendCHIPS held its 1st Annual 5K Race for Mentoring at Albert D. Lawton School in Essex Junction. Mentor pairs, runners, volunteers and staff all came together to cheer on the 33 runner/walkers. Among those were five mentoring pairs from the Essex and Essex Junction schools. Founders Memorial School principal and mentor, Wendy Cobb, and her mentee, Angelina Pomerinke (pictured), started and finished together. Winning runner Bob Monette crossed the finish line at an impressive 21 minutes and 46 seconds. Courtney Gleason came in second with 23 minutes and 32 seconds, followed shortly by 3rd place winner, Julie Davis, with 23 minutes and 51 seconds. The 5K was a truly successful event for the mentoring community in Essex. With nine sponsors, including top-level support from Essex Physical Therapy, over $2,000 was raised for FriendCHIPS. Until next year, happy mentoring!

Connecting Youth Mentoring of Williston's Barbeque Night
On May 19th, the nearly 60 middle school students in Connecting Youth (CY) Mentoring at Williston Central School gathered with their mentors and families to celebrate the end of the mentoring year with a barbecue dinner. The threat of severe thunderstorms lifted just in time to allow the group to gather outside in the courtyard at the center of the school. The evening featured live fiddle music by Jeff Boomhower and friends, pinwheel making, monster bubble wands, and outdoor game playing of every sort. 13th-year CY Mentor, Nancy Colbourn, commented on the "comfortable circles within circles of community" among the well over two hundred mentors, mentees, parents, siblings, and school partners who attended.

Girls/Boyz First Mentoring's Appreciation Night
On May 28th, a group of around 40 mentors, mentees and family members connected to Girls/Boyz First (GBF) Mentoring gathered at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier to celebrate their connection to mentoring. People filtered in around 6:00pm for pizza, salad and pot-luck dishes. The theme of the night was volunteering and the amazing impact service has the on the community. The audience heard from mentees, mentors, and Philip Kolling, executive director of SerVermont. Kolling spoke on the importance of acts of kindness and summed up the heart of GBF with, “you only need a soul generated by grace and a heart motivated by love.” After the food and speakers, attendees enjoyed some delicious and creative make-your-own sundaes complete with brownies and fun toppings!

Twinfield Together Mentoring Program's Car Wash Fundraiser
On May 30th, Twinfield Together Mentoring Program held a car wash fundraiser at Black Bear Biodiesel in Plainfield. 29 volunteers helped to wash cars, hold signs, and talk to folks about the importance of mentoring the Marshfield and Plainfield communities. Twinfield Together would like to thank the families, mentors and mentees that came out to raise money for the program; the program received $430 in donations and washed a lot of cars! For a slideshow of fun pictures, visit the TTMP homepage.

Windsor County Partners' 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration
On May 30th, Windsor County Partners (WCP) hosted a Gala Celebration for its 40th Anniversary. The celebration was held at the beautifully restored Wilder Center in Wilder, VT. Scores of attendees browsed and bid on more than 70 silent auction items. Guests included past and current WCP Board members, mentors, and staff. Also present were community members, young and mature adult volunteers, and representatives of sponsoring businesses who support WCP's work. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed platters of appetizers, finished off with cake and an array of sweets. A photo medley of WCP mentors and mentees in action scrolled as a backdrop, accompanied by live piano music. The gathering reflected WCP's emphasis on community-building. Board President Megan Culp spoke to the crowd about how each guest symbolized a different aspect of the broader WCP community. Executive Director Jennifer Grant reviewed the organization's success: four decades in mentoring, serving more than 1,400 youth. She emphasized how WCP continues to strengthen as an organization, recently adding two new board members, Donna LaFleur and Peggy Kehew. Finally, she announced that in preparation for the future, there would be an unveiling of WCP's "5th Decade Forward Initiative" at the Annual Meeting in September. The comments of Beverly Regan, the wife of a WCP mentor, demonstrate the shared celebratory spirit of the evening: "We thought the gathering was absolutely lovely. The food, the flowers, the photos, the silent auction were all perfect." Gala sponsors included Chelsea Green Publishing; Shelley M. Seward, CFP, Commonwealth Financial Network; Mascoma Savings Bank; and HB Energy.

Howard Center's Community Friends Mentoring's Annual Picnic
On May 31st, the Howard Center’s Community Friends Mentoring program hosted its Annual Picnic at Oakledge Park. Despite cold and rainy weather, the event still had a great turnout with about 40 people! Mentors, mentees, and volunteers brought dishes to share with all in the form of a potluck. The grill was even fired up with cheeseburgers, hotdogs, and veggie burgers. Along with sharing a meal, there were some intense games of frisbee, freeze tag, and wiffle ball. Running around was a great way to stay warm and get some energy out. Mentors and mentees alike had the opportunity to mingle with one another, and Program Coordinator Catherine Shahan handed out certificates to pairs recognizing them for the length of their match duration, or “friendship.” The barbeque was a great success!

Chittenden County Mentoring Network Meeting
The Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN) welcomes all mentoring programs to attend the monthly meetings to network, brainstorm and learn from fellow mentoring programs. The CCMN is a group of mentoring program staff–community and school-based–who meet monthly to offer one another support, encouragement, ideas, and networking to further individual programs’ good work. Currently the group is comprised of programs from northwestern Vermont but any mentoring program is welcome to join the group. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, from 12:00-2:00pm.

Next Meeting:
Snow Farm Vineyard
South Hero, VT
Thursday, June 11th
Program Facilitator:
Karen Browning
Planning on attending? E-mail the CCMN group (

Live Mentoring Webinar: Healthy Closure
What: A free webinar on
"They always come, and they never say goodbye: Healthy Closure in Mentoring"
Hosted by: The Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series, a partnership of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and a planning team comprised of state mentoring partnerships and other national partners.
When: Thursday, June 18th | 1:00-2:15pm
Register Information: FREE. Register Here.

"The way that a relationship ends can have a big impact on a young person. When done with care and intention, closure can be healthy and positive. Join this webinar to hear from leading mentoring researcher Renee Spencer, Boston University, on how to close mentoring relationships the healthy way. We’ll review research on closure, types of relationship endings, when and how to facilitate closure, as well as approaches to closure across programs and settings. All registered attendees will receive a resource packet full of tools and strategies to manage healthy closure in youth mentoring programs."

NationBuilder workshops help you get the most out of "your nation." These online sessions cover the ins and outs of organizing communities and are conducted by NationBuilder trainers and organizers. Check out all the upcoming workshops that will be aired as webinars!

The Mobius Pick:
What: A live webinar on "Nonprofit Demo"
Hosted by: NationBuilder.
When: Tuesday, June 9th | 7:00-7:45am EST
Registration Information: FREE

FREE Trainings with Prevent Child Abuse Vermont for 2014-2015
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. Check out PCAV training opportunities here.

View and Share The Mentoring Public Service Announcement
Did you know that 1 in 3 young Vermonters will grow up without a formal or natural mentor? That means 32,500 youth in Vermont do not have any adult they can turn to for support beyond their immediate family. Northbranch Media and Mobius worked together to create a 30-second video 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.

Reward Volunteers 6.0
Cabot Creamery Cooperative launched "Reward Volunteers 6.0," the sixth version of its initiative that rewards volunteers and their organizations for the time they spend giving back to their communities. The initiative is now web-based, which allows users the ability to log their time from any smartphone, computer or tablet. The program also allows users to report their activity on behalf of an employer. Since the program was launched in February of 2012, more than 200,000 volunteer hours have been logged, with over 72,000 hours logged in just this last year alone. If you want to help spread the news use #RewardVolunteers on all your social media platforms.

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. Mentoring programs that do not use the Vermont Mentoring Database to track volunteer hours can still participate by going through the new Reward Volunteers website. We also encourage programs to invite their advisory groups into the program! You can learn more about the release of Reward Volunteers 6.0 by watching Cabot’s Nate Formalarie and Mobius Executive Director Chad Butt, on WCAX’s featured story on the :30.

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring Newsletter
“The Chronicle is an online source for sharing new findings and ideas about youth mentoring. The goal of the Chronicle is to encourage active dialogue around evidence-based practice in youth mentoring in ways that improve the practice of youth mentoring.” Mentoring programs, this is a great resource that includes: The Research Corner blog, an edited forum, new mentoring research, research from related fields, Q&A’s with researchers, and expert perspectives from the field’s leading researchers and practitioners. Start getting involved by subscribing to the Chronicle newsletter or by visiting the Chronicle site.
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