About Us

1: Mission & Vision

VISION

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.

MISSION

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.

2: Staff

To view each staff member’s bio, click on the images below.

3: Board of Directors

 

Nate Formalarie Board of DirectorsNate FormalarieChair
Communications Director
Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing
 

Elizabeth Cappuzzo, Secretary
Brand Manager
National Life Group

 

Vijay Desai
Principal Consultant and Managing Partner
Desai Management Consulting

 

Kimberley Diemond
Executive Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont
Program Leadership Council Member 

 

Andrea Haddad
Senior Manager | EY Private
Ernst & Young LLP

 

Chris Hultquist 
Executive Director
High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program
 

Joshua Jarvis
Financial Advisor 
Merrill Lynch

 

Beth V. Perlongo
Chief of Staff & Strategy
Redstone

 

Gabriella Tufo Strouse
Director of Community Outreach
King Street Center
Program Leadership Council Member

4: Program Leadership Council

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.

Kimberley Diemond
Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont
MENTOR Vermont Board Member

Nancy Jones
Coordinator, The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley

Pam Quinn
Mentoring Director, Twinfield Together Mentoring Program

Gabriella Tufo-Strouse
Director of Community Outreach, King Street Center
MENTOR Vermont Board Member

5: Core Values

ADAPTABILITY

INTEGRITY

COLLABORATION

COMPASSION

EQUITY

JOY

6: Theory of Change
Click the image below of the first page of the MENTOR Vermont Theory of Change to veiw the full version.
 

Click on the video below to view a brief introduction to the MENTOR Vermont Theory of Change.

7: Annual Reports and Financials

ANNUAL REPORTS:

*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.

Financial Documents
IRS Form 990 (also available at www.guidestar.org)

IRS 501(c)3 Tax Determination Letter

8: History

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.