Every Week (during the Pandemic)

Weekly Mentoring Program Support Call

Where: Online, check email for link or email [email protected].
When: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
Each Monday during the pandemic, MENTOR Vermont is hosting program support webinar calls for any mentoring program staff member who is interested in participating. The purpose of the call is to check in with each other, and share ideas and resources about how we can best support mentors, mentees, and families during this time.

The next call will be on Monday, June 1st from 3:00-4:00 p.m. You can share ideas for what you’d like to include in the discussion by adding to our Google planning doc.

There is no need to sign up in advance, or stay for the entire length of the call. Join us whenever works for you using the following log-on information: or 408-650-3123 (Access Code: 358-411-093).

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Trauma-Informed Practice and Distance Relationships – Please share this opportunity with your mentors!
Where: Online, REGISTER for Free HERE
When: 1:30 – 2:45 pm

MENTOR Vermont is partnering with Alex Shevrin Venet to host a webinar specifically geared for mentors in Vermont, to help them better support their mentees. This workshop will cover the basics of trauma-informed practices with a focus on the four priorities of a trauma-informed approach: predictability, flexibility, connection, and empowerment. Alex will focus on how a focus on these areas supports children who are affected by trauma, with examples and suggestions for how we can build relationships across the physical distance we find ourselves in.

If a mentor is unable to attend in person, they can also use the registration form to request a link (available until June 10th) to view the recorded version.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Team Transition! Mentoring Youth in the Transition from Foster Care to Adult Life
Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series

Where: Online, REGISTER for Free HERE
When: 1:00 – 2:15 pm
The transition to adulthood represents a critical moment in the lives of youth involved in foster care. Support from caring peers and adults can make all the difference between a transition with dire circumstances or one in which a young person can thrive, and the lifelong consequences in either case are significant. Child welfare and mentoring practitioners alike have therefore recognized the need for comprehensive individualized transition support for youth as they exit foster care. This webinar will explore the roles that mentors can play in promoting a successful transition, conditions under which relationships can thrive, and considerations of mentoring as part of a healthy ecosystem of services and supports. Our esteemed guest, Sixto Cancel, himself experienced this transition and also has direct practice experience assisting youth in this rite of passage.
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.

All past webinars in the series are recorded and can be viewed on MENTOR’s Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series Webpage.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Vermont Mentoring Symposium
(Note: this event has been postponed from May until September 30th due to the COVID-19 pandemic)

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 summer of 2020!