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Next Tuesday (March 7) is Town Meeting Day, and here in Vermont residents have the unique opportunity to get directly involved in the civic process. Did you know that many towns in Vermont will be considering funding requests for mentoring programs during their meeting? That list of towns and cities include, but may not be limited to:

Barre City (Everybody Wins! VT)
Bethel (Windsor County Partners)
Chelsea (Everybody Wins! VT)
Cambridge (as part of the elementary school budget, for CES Mentoring)
Chester (Windsor County Partners)
Duxbury (Everybody Wins! VT)
East Montpelier (Girls/Boyz First)
Hartland (Windsor County Partners)
Middlesex (stand-alone item, for Girls/Boyz First)
Montpelier (stand-alone item, for Girls/Boyz First)
Montpelier (within the Community Fund, for Everybody Wins! VT)
Reading (Windsor County Partners)
St. Albans (within the city budget, for Watershed Mentoring)
Springfield (Windsor County Partners)
Starksboro (stand-alone item, for Starksboro Mentoring)
West Windsor (Windsor County Partners)
Windsor (Windsor County Partners)
Woodstock (Windsor County Partners)
Worcester (Girls/Boyz First)

Do you live in one of the above towns? Find out how you can best help advocate for funding by contacting your local mentoring program coordinator. If you don’t see your town listed, your town may still be considering funding for mentoring. Find out by contacting programs in your area or reach out to Mobius for more information at chad@mobiusmentors.org. 

National Mentoring Summit
From February 1-3, 2017, Mobius and staff members from 10 Vermont mentoring programs traveled to Washington D.C. for the seventh annual National Mentoring Summit. Convened by MENTOR, and garnering support from both the private and public sectors, this year’s Summit focused on “Building Relationships, Advancing the Movement.” We advocated for youth mentoring on Capitol Hill Day, met with our colleagues from other state and regional mentoring partnerships, and had a great time learning about the latest strategies and research in the field. Thank you to MENTOR for making this great event possible again this year! Thank you to Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, and Congressman Welch and their staff members for their continued support of youth mentoring in Vermont. 
 

 
ECHO Community Science Night
On March 23, bring your mentee and join other mentor pairs from programs across northwest Vermont for a fun-filled evening at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain! There will be free dinner, hands-on demonstrations with ECHO's E-team, special exhibit "Butterflies, Live!," a scavenger hunt, and free exploration of all of ECHO's exhibits! Please RSVP directly to your mentoring program coordinator by March 19.

Vermont Mentoring Scholarship
The Vermont Mentoring Scholarship is sponsored by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), and is open to mentees who are in their senior year of high school. The applicant must be a resident of Vermont who is or has been a mentee in a Mobius-recognized  mentoring program for a minimum of two consecutive years. Academic achievement and financial need must be demonstrated. More information on how to apply here. Applications are due by March 9.

Want to submit your recent mentoring event?
Email benji@mobiusmentors.org for questions and submissions.
March 7th: VSA Vermont Disability Awareness Training
What: An informational workshop about various disabilities, people's first language, disability access symbols, communication strategies, accessibility and accommodations, and more. Open to all VSA Vermont volunteers, collaborative partners, and community members. When: Tue, Mar 7th | 10:00am-12:00pm Where: The Elley-Long Music Center, Orchestra Room | 223 Ethan Allen Ave | Colchester Register: Online at this link or call (802) 871-4053

March 8th: CCMN Meeting
What: A monthly networking and professional development meeting of mentoring professionals from northwestern Vermont. When: Wed, Mar 8th | 9:00-10:30am Where: TBD

March 14th: Mentor Math Night
What:  A fun and educational group event for you and your mentee featuring prizes, raffles, games, food, and fun. Bring your mentee!  WhenTuesday, Mar 14th | 5:00 - 7:00pm Where:The King Street Center | 87 King St. | Burlington

March 16th: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partners. Topic TBD When: Tuesday, Mar 16th | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the links for info and/or registration.

March 18th: VSAC College Pathways
What: A free college planning workshop for high school juniors, seniors, and their parents or guardians. When: Saturday, March 18th Where: St. Michael's College | 1 Winooski Park | Colchester Register: Click here to register.

March 23rd: ECHO Community Science Night
What:  Free dinner, hands-on demonstrations with ECHO's E-team, special exhibit "Butterflies, Live!," a scavenger hunt, and free exploration of all of ECHO's exhibits! When: Tuesday, Mar 23rd | 5:30 - 7:00pm  Where: ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain | 1 College St. | Burlington 

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

Grant Opportunity from Vermont Children’s Trust
The application process is now open for the Vermont Children’s Trust’s annual grant funding. These grants, in partnership with the Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs and the Department for Children and Families, provide funding to improve or expand services for Vermont children and youth. More information available here. Applications are due by midnight on Wednesday, March 22.

Vermont PBS Kids Writers Contest
The Vermont PBS Kids Writers Contest is a statewide contest designed to promote children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children to create their own original stories and illustrations, and is open for Kindergarten through 5th grade. Entries must be submitted with an official entry form and follow the contest rules. Entries are judged locally by a panel of experts and winners are selected – first place and runner-up, from each grade, for a total of 12 winners. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017. To learn more, contact Chuck Pizer at cpizer@vermontPBS.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)

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.
 
Reward Volunteers: Reward Volunteers 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.

 






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