Monday, November 11, 2019

Trauma-Informed Mentoring: Hope, Clarity and Empathy*
A Talk for Vermont Mentors/Mentoring Coordinators offered by Alex Shevrin Venet, Educator/Trainer/Trauma-Informed Teacher
(SB Mentoring Speaker Series)

Where: Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School Library
500 Dorset Street, South Burlington
When: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Please join educator and trainer Alex Shevrin Venet for an evening of continued exploration of Trauma-Informed Mentoring through the lens of Hope, Clarity and Empathy. The evening will include but not be limited to the following topics:

*This talk continues the dialogue Ms. Venet offered in the 2018-2019 school year. Participants are welcome even if they were not in attendance at the October 2018 event.

Questions? Please contact Susie Merrick, SBSD Healthy Schools Coordinator, [email protected] or 652-7035.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Teaching Social Emotional Competencies in Mentoring Programs
Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series

Where: Online, REGISTER for Free Here
When: 1:00 – 2:15 pm
This webinar will explore a national definition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how mentoring can contribute to young people’s social emotional development. Presenters will discuss successful strategies of integrating the Search Institute Assets of social emotional learning into a mentoring strategy, interviewing to assess SEL competence, and assessing SEL progress in program evaluation.
This webinar is part of the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series, which is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through the National Mentoring Resource Center and facilitated in partnership with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. These webinars would not be possible without the planning team, which includes the California Mentoring Partnership, MENTOR Illinois, MENTOR Independence Region, Indiana Mentoring Partnership, MENTOR Colorado, MENTOR Vermont, and MENTOR Washington.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Youth Mentoring Celebration

Each January, during National Mentoring Month, MENTOR Vermont partners with legislators and local businesses to highlight mentoring and honor volunteer mentors for their service at our annual Mentoring Celebration at the Statehouse.

The January 2019 event convened more than 120 mentors, mentees, and supporters from across the state. The festivities included Governor Phil Scott proclaiming January as Mentoring Month in Vermont, a resolution and public recognition by the House of Representatives, and the announcement of the 2019 Mentor of the Year award winner Kasia Sosnow. The morning also featured a mentoring reflection and poetry exercise led by King Street Center mentor Rajnii Eddins, and button-making and a photo booth for youth mentees and their mentors. It was a unique educational experience for mentees, who had the opportunity to learn about how state government works, eat lunch with their local legislators, and also received guided tours of the statehouse at the conclusion of the event.

More information will become available about this event closer to January!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Vermont Mentoring Symposium

MENTOR Vermont convened the 2019 Vermont Mentoring Symposium at the Waterbury State Office Complex on May 23, 2019. This day-long conference brought together more than 50 youth mentoring program staff, board members, and supporters from across the state for a day of networking and professional development.

In 2019, the Symposium featured a keynote address from Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon, Senior Advisor for Strategic Diversity Assessment and Research at the University of Vermont. The theme for the event was “Empowering Young People Through a Strengths-Based Approach.”

Workshop sessions at the Symposium included: “A Dialogue about Race and Equity for Mentoring Coordinators” (facilitated by Michael Hill, Jr., student assistant program counselor for Burlington High School and adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Vermont), “LGBTQ+ Best Practices Training” (facilitated by Skylar Wolfe, director of SafeSpace anti-violence program, and Taylor Small, director of health & wellness program, from the Pride Center of Vermont), and “Youth Mental Health” (facilitated by Sean Perry, co-founder and president of We R H.O.P.E., Inc.).

More information about this event and the 2020 themes and workshops will become available in the spring of 2020!