We aim to close the mentoring gap and drive equity through quality mentoring relationships so every young person in Vermont has the supportive mentoring relationships they need to grow and thrive.
Empowering youth by providing support and resources to the youth mentoring field in Vermont to strengthen the quality and broaden the reach of mentoring relationships in our communities.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
MENTOR Vermont is committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion for all. We embrace our differences and celebrate our common humanity in advancing awareness of the need for equity and the transformative power of supportive relationships for young people. We believe that varied perspectives, experiences, and opinions are central assets in our vision of every young person in Vermont having the supportive mentoring relationships to grow and thrive.
Nate Formalarie, Chair
Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing
Elizabeth Cappuzzo, Secretary
National Life Group
Principal Consultant and Managing Partner
Desai Management Consulting
Senior Manager | EY Private
Ernst & Young LLP
High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program
Beth V. Perlongo
Chief of Staff & Strategy
Vermont mentoring programs are directly represented within MENTOR Vermont by the Program Leadership Council (PLC). This group is comprised of elected representatives from mentoring programs across the state who advise the organization on its mentoring initiatives. Up to four members of this council also sit on MENTOR Vermont’s Board of Directors.
We encourage all programs to share questions and ideas with the PLC members in their area. Email any of the PLC members by clicking on their name in the list below.
*In lieu of our typical Annual Report, we provided an update on our work during the COVID-19 pandemic, covering the second half of FY 19-20 and the beginning of FY 20-21.
IRS Form 990 (also available at www.guidestar.org)
MENTOR Vermont was originally founded in 2003 as Mobius, a regional mentoring umbrella agency in northwestern Vermont that provided support to mentoring programs by helping to expand mentoring opportunities, recruiting and supporting new volunteers, and raising awareness of the cause. From 2003 to 2012, Mobius and the mentoring programs it supported helped grow the number of mentor pairs in the region from 350 to more than 900.
In 2012, with the support of mentoring programs and funders, Mobius expanded into a statewide organization that supports youth mentoring in every corner of Vermont, and represents a unified voice for the cause. The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children and the A.D. Henderson Foundation were instrumental in Mobius’ statewide expansion, and along with the Vermont Department for Children and Families, have continued to provide more than $300,000 in annual funding for the Vermont Mentoring Grants.
In the fall of 2018, Mobius rebranded and changed its name to MENTOR Vermont, in order to better align with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. This rebranding did not change our mission but will provide our organization with new opportunities and resources to help ensure more youth in Vermont can receive the benefits of having a caring, consistent adult mentor.
MENTOR Vermont continues to provide technical support, advocacy, and funding for youth mentoring programs throughout the state of Vermont. MENTOR Vermont also leads ongoing efforts to raise public awareness of mentoring throughout the state, and offers a variety of other resources. For more information, visit the Support and Resources page.