One of the favorite parts of my job is getting to meet mentors and hear their stories. The new year and National Mentoring Month always bring with them an opportunity for me to go on radio and television shows with mentors to promote mentoring and the need for more volunteer mentors. Every time I’m on the air with a mentor I’m reminded of not only the impact mentoring has on the lives of the mentees but the impact it has on the lives of the mentors as well. Mentors truly are the best recruiters of new potential volunteer mentors. If you’re a mentor be sure to share your mentoring stories with those around you and encourage them to take that next step to becoming a mentor.
Mentoring programs and their mentors are making a huge impact on the lives of the youth and communities they serve throughout the state and it is important their stories are shared with everyone.
Check out all the mentor pairs and mentoring programs that have been featured!
1) Interview with Mobius Executive Director, Chad Butt
Radio Spot on Viewpoint, The Point FM | January 11th
Mobius, Vermont's Mentoring Partnership
2) Interview on National Mentoring Month and mentoring in Vermont
Radio Spot on In Touch with Ginny McGehee, Hall Radio Stations | January 25th
Mobius (E.D. Chad Butt) and Spectrum Youth Services
3) “Zumbathon Benefits Franklin County Kids.”
News story on Fox44/ABC22 | February 8th
Watershed Mentoring/Franklin County Caring Communities
4) “A Little Effort with Big Rewards.”
Article in Brattleboro Commons | February 11th
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County
5) "Growing Friendship, Growing Leadership.”
Article in the Other Paper (pg.15) | February 19th
6) “Local Heroes: Meet Rene Cusson.”
Stay tuned for additional links and get all the latest “Mentoring in the News” here.
News story on Fox44/ABC22 | February 25th
Howard Center's Community Friends Mentoring
2015 PBS Kids Writers Contest is Open
This is Vermont PBS’ 20th year holding its PBS Kids Writers Contest. Formerly known as the Reading Rainbow Contest, the Writers Contest is a local and national contest designed to promote children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K- 3 to create their own original stories and illustrations.
Deadline: Friday, March 20th.
How it works: Entries must be submitted with an official entry form and follow the contest rules. You can find the form, rules and extra fun here on the Vermont PBS website. Entries are judged locally by a panel of experts and winners are selected – three from each grade, for a total of 12 winners. First place winners in each grade level are sent on to the national contest. Local winners will be announced in mid-April and will be featured online. They will also be recognized at an awards ceremony at the Vermont PBS Studio. Each contest participant will receive a certificate of achievement, as well as an invitation to attend a Storytime Party that will be held at different locations throughout the state. All contestants can sign up to read their story aloud to family and friends at the Storytimes.
Community Conversation on Solutions for Opiate Addiction
The topic of this Community Conversation is: Living In and Creating an Environment of Safety and Wellness. Learn how The Dream Center in Rutland, Vermont's Neighborhood Watch Program, and revitalization efforts are making a difference. Leave with tools and resources to strengthen your neighborhood.
When: Thursday, March 5th | 4:00 – 6:30pm
Where: Winooski Educational Center | 60 Normand Street | Winooski, VT
Registration Information: Contact Megan Bridges at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to RSVP
Join the Facebook event group.
The Mentor Connector’s 6th Annual West Rutland Variety Show
This special night showcases local talent to raise money for The Mentor Connector. Terry Jaye, from Mix 98.1 WJJR, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Members of St. Bridget's and St. Stanislaus Kostka's Churches in West Rutland will perform, as will the Rutland Curbstone Chorus and students from local schools in West Rutland and surrounding areas. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. All funds raised go directly to The Mentor Connector.
When: Sunday, March 8th | 3:00pm
Where: West Rutland Town Hall
35 Marble Street | West Rutland, VT
Registration Information: $8/adult, $5/children or seniors, $20/family (cap)
For Variety Show tickets, call 802-438-2490.
Join the Facebook event group.
ECHO Community Science Night for Mentoring
The Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN) invites mentor pairs to a special night at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. From 5:30 to 7:30pm mentor and mentees can explore the center and participate in a scavenger hunt, hands-on demonstrations led by the ECHO E-Team, a movie screening, crafts and exhibits and eat free pizza! The featured exhibit this year is “Playing Together: Games,” and pairs will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of board games, including Nine Men’s Morris, Boc-Tin, Senet, Mancala, and Hop-Scotch.
When: Wednesday, March 11th | 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
Registration Information: Contact your mentoring program coordinator with questions or to sign up. Coordinators can contact CCMN with further questions at email@example.com. Please RSVP by Monday, March 9th.
Peer Aggression Among Girls Workshops
Vermont Works for Women has designed a new workshop that teaches educators, administrators, youth service providers, coaches, parents – all adults – how to identify, address and prevent peer aggression among girls. Join them for a half-day workshop in 2015. Upcoming half-day workshops focus on: "Strategies to Transform Peer Aggression Among Girls." This is an excellent primer on peer aggression (as distinct from bullying), and it provides adults with specific strategies on how to build supportive environments for all youth.
$50/Attendee Get tickets here.
When & Where:
Thursday, March 12th
12:00-4:30pm @ Bennington, VT
Thursday, April 8th
12:00-4:30pm @ Randolph, VT
The Howard Center’s 6th Annual Curling Challenge
The Howard Center is hosting its annual Curling Challenge this year, where teams come together for lots of fun and help raise money for the organization’s programs and the thousands of children, adults, and families they serve each year. Teams compete for a first-prize curling trophy, as well as prizes for the top individual fundraiser, top team fundraiser, best name, best costume, and most team spirit. Register now and set up a fundraising page! Invite friends, build a four-person team, and register now; No previous curling experience is necessary. Don’t know how to curl? Check out the Howard Center’s Curling 101 Guide, and make time to attend a game-day tutorial before your first match. Guests are welcome to watch friends and colleagues compete.
When: Saturday, March 14th | 8:00am – 7:00pm
Where: Cairns Arena | 600 Swift Street | South Burlington, VT
Join the Facebook event group and add your voice with #HCCurlingChallenge.
10th Annual beCAUSE Craft Show
Join beCAUSE for the largest fundraising craft show in New England! The beCAUSE Craft Show was created so that the local community could reach out and help many organizations that are in need through the efforts of one event, while supporting the business of local vendors. There will be over 100 Vermont handcrafters selling their wares at Saint Michael's College, and all of them have committed to donating 50%-100% of their profits to a charity or non-profit organization of their choice. Local artist Ben Thurber will be donating 50 percent of his sales to support Mobius, and mentoring in Vermont. The gym will also be filled with non-profit benefactors, including SB Mentoring! The show has raised over $100,000 collectively in the past nine years and this year promises to be even more successful, with more vendors attending. Come support this grassroots effort to create global change by supporting local vendors.
When: Saturday, March 14th | 9:30 – 4:00pm
Where: Ross Sports Center | Saint Michael’s College
132 Campus Road | Colchester, VT
Admission Information: $3/entrance fee (donated directly to Vermont Foodbank)
Children under 12 attend free.
Join the Facebook event group.
VYAN 2nd Annual Regional Youth Summit
Vermont Youth Action Network (VYAN) invites students, grades 7-12, and adult community members of Windsor County to the Woodstock Inn and Resort for the 2nd Annual Regional Youth Summit. Guests are invited to a safe, positive and empowering space to address issues that matter to the community and to network with others in order to create action plans for change. VYAN believes “your voice matters” and that it takes a community coming together to create the change youth want to see in Vermont.
When: Saturday, March 21st
9:00 – 4:00pm
Where: The Woodstock Inn
14 The Green | Woodstock, VT
Registration Information: Free
Register here by March 16th.
Contact VYAN with questions at
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Spectrum’s Sleep Out
Spectrum Youth and Family Services invites students, businesses and community leaders to join them for its annual Sleep Out event. On the weekend of March 26-29, 2015, families, church youth groups, and civic and school groups will sleep out on football fields, in backyards, and on church lawns to raise awareness of youth homelessness. The focus of the night is to sleep outside as a show of solidarity with the many clients Spectrum serves who may be homeless or at risk of homelessness. Spectrum has separated the sleep out: one for student and one for businesses and community leaders, see below for details. Add your voice with #SpectrumSleepOut.
Registration Information: Contact Kate Romm with questions or to join at 802-864-7423x330 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Students Sleep Out:
Get Involved and/or Donate.
When: Thursday, March 26th thru
Sunday, March 29th
Business and Community Leaders
Get involved and/or Donate.
When: Thursday, March 26th
BBBS of Windham County’s 34th Annual Bowl for Kid’s Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County invites all to join their big bowling fundraiser, Bowl for Kid's Sake. The event will include a full day of free food, hourly raffle contests and fun bowling at Brattleboro Bowl. The steps are easy: Register your team of three to five people by downloading a form and returning it to Windham County Youth Services by email, mail or in-person. Pick an hour time slot between 9am and 5pm to bowl; first come first serve. Start fundraising!
All pledges are due by April 4th and prizes are awarded for the most pledges raised. To sponsor your favorite bowlers with an on-line donation, visit here or contact Windham County Youth Services.
When: Saturday, April 4th | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Brattleboro Bowl
865 Putney Road | Brattleboro, VT
Registration Information: $50/bowler
(higher collections are welcomed)
Contact Windham County Youth Services at email@example.com or 802-257-0361
Life Bridge Mentoring’s 3rd Annual Senior Hurrah
Life Bridge Mentoring’s (of Central Vermont) Senior Hurrah is back again! In celebration of this year’s graduating seniors in Vermont, Life Bridge is pulling together the 2015 senior high school basketball players from Spaulding High School, Websterville Baptist Christian School, and Williamstown High School for their final game! The seniors will be playing against an assembly of Vermont community all-stars on the spring night at SHS. Save the date now to make sure you don’t miss Life Bridge’s biggest fundraiser that attracts hundreds of fans and tons of fun for all ages. Thinking of supporting or sponsoring? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Thursday, April 16th | 6:30pm
Where: Spaulding High School | 155 Ayers Street | Barre, VT
Join the Facebook event group and add your voice with #SeniorHurrah.
BBBS of Bennington County Mentor Appreciation Dinner
On February 3rd, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Bennington County celebrated National Mentoring Month by honoring their mentors and board members with a Mentor Appreciation Dinner at the West Mountain Inn. BBBS wanted to honor and thank mentors by providing a relaxing buffet dinner and inviting guest speakers, Mary Keyes who is Manchester Elementary Middle School Food Services Director, and Dylan, a mentee who was matched in 2006 and is now a junior in high school. Keyes spoke about the power of mentoring in her life and gave valuable information, training, as well as inspiration. She is the first one in her family to attend college and has worked in food services all her adult life. She had a “Big Sister” growing up, as well as three or four other adult mentors who greatly impacted her life.
King Street Center Grand Opening Celebration
On February 18th, the King Street Center invited youth, friends, family, neighbors, supporters and volunteers alike to join them for its Grand Opening Celebration. The event took place to present and celebrate the organization's new space at 87 King Street. King Street Center Executive Director, Vicky Smith, made opening remarks with heart-felt vision and gratitude to everyone in the community who helped support the new building. Guests also heard from King Street Center youth, Governor Peter Shumlin, Vermont U.S. Representative Peter Welch, and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger. King Street Center's mentoring program, Junior Senior Buddies was also in attendance. After the opening ceremony, guests were invited to stay and enjoy the music or explore the new center with family-friendly activities. Explorers could go on a Bingo with Kingo scavenger hunt which guided them through the building and prompted them to "move and groove in the King Street Playhouse", "create cool colors in Laura's Art Studio", "sip sweet lemonade in the Dining Room", "design with Duplo in Early Ed Room", and "feed your book hunger in the Tutoring Lab". It was a great time overall.
Community Friends Mentoring and King Street Center Party
On February 26th, Howard Center's Community Friends Mentoring and King Street Center’s Junior Senior Buddies hosted a pizza party and open gym night for their mentor pairs at the Baird Gym in Burlington. The mentoring programs joined together for a group dinner, and then spent the evening playing basketball games and making crafts. It was a great opportunity for mentors and mentees to be able to spend time with each other and meet other mentor pairs.
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.
Watershed Mentoring 67 Fairfield Street | St. Alban, VT
Thursday, March 12th
Planning on attending? E-mail the CCMN group (email@example.com)
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:
A free webinar on
"Applying the Principles of Organizing
Wednesday, March 4th, 2014 | 7:00-7:45am EST
FREE. Register Here
Mentor Webinar: Trauma Informed Care
What: A free webinar on
"A New Lens for Mentoring: Trauma Informed Care"
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, March 19th, 2014 | 1:00-2:15pm
Register Information: FREE. Register Here.
Trauma Informed Care (TIC) may be a new term for those supporting children and youth in mentoring programs, but it has been a framework for psychological treatment that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma for many years. Traumatic events overwhelm a child’s capacity to cope and elicit feelings of terror, powerlessness, and out-of-control physiological arousal. They may be a single event, like a natural disaster, or chronic, like being exposed to domestic violence. All types of traumatic events change the brain, physiological responses, and how a person responds to other people in their lives. Young people participating in mentoring programs may have experienced some kind of trauma already in their short lives. How the environment, including significant adults, interacts with these youth can impact the healing process. When programs commit to a TIC approach to all of their services, they are promoting healing environments that will especially positively impact the mentoring relationship. Join MENTOR to learn more about how to apply this lens of care to all aspects of your program – mentees, mentors, and staff – and specific strategies that mentors can use with their mentees to promote building a safe, trusting, and transforming relationship.
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 new 30-second video to help spread awareness and recruit new mentors for young Vermonters!
Thank you, Northbranch Media, for donating your time and helping us raise awareness of the need for mentors in Vermont. Thanks also to Comcast, Vermont Mentoring Month Media Sponsor, who aired this video as a sponsored ad throughout the month of January. Share the video with your friends, followers, family and anyone you think would make a good mentor!
Video creation by: Northbranch Media
Media Sponsor: Comcast
Mobius Mentor Discount Card
Community-based Vermont mentors and mentees are now able to enjoy unique discounts from supportive local businesses all across the state. When a mentor makes a reservation or purchase at participating venues, he or she can present the Mobius Mentor Discount Card and receive a discount at that location. The initiative allows mentors to take their mentees to restaurants, theaters, museums, pools, and a variety of other fun places at a discounted price. For the full list of the more than 40 businesses that are participating in the program, visit the discount card web page.
Know a business that may want to join? Fill out this form.
Are you a Vermont business that would like to join the discount card?
E-mail Andreaholt@mobiusmentors.org or call 802.658.1888
National Mentoring Resource Center
The National Mentoring Resource Center 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, feel free to ask us any questions that will help you make use of this free resource.
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.
Mentoring programs can apply here.
Cabot's Reward Volunteers Program Offers Prizes to Mentors
Cabot Creamery Cooperative's “Reward Volunteers” initiative allows mentors to receive prizes for their service. Make sure you are not missing out! Log your mentoring hours through Mobius’ Vermont Mentoring Database to earn rewards and get a chance to win prizes. “The selection process for Rewards Volunteers prizes is random, but the more volunteer hours a user logs and the more they share their volunteer activity with their friends on Facebook, the more chances they have of winning.”
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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