Saturday, May 11th, 2019 

Navigating Diverse Identities Mentorship Conference 2019

Where: YWCA Vermont Camp, 34 Hochelaga Rd, South Hero, Vermont 05486
When: 8:00am – 3:00pm 

Milton Community Youth Coalition (MCYC) and YWCA Vermont are proud to co-host this annual training opportunity for Vermont mentors to gain tools and learn best practices of supporting the intersectional identities of their mentees. We strive to provide safe, open and authentic training and activities for mentors and mentees to build and maintain trusting and supportive relationships. Thoughtful education around supporting youth of color and LGBTQIA+ identifying youth, while gaining access to resources to promote diversity and inclusion, personal growth and well-being. Organizers and presenters will use an intersectional approach to discuss mentoring and social justice education.

What the day will include:

Mentors will spend the morning in workshops about how to support all youth in making Vermont a more inclusive space for youth of color and LGBTQIA+ identifying youth.

Mentees will spend the morning participating in all kinds of fun activities focused on teamwork, leadership and self-expression.

Mentors and mentees will come together for lunch and an afternoon full of exciting camp-based activities!

Workshop Leaders: 

Amber Leventry, Writer, Advocate, Speaker
“I’m a nonbinary queer writer, advocate, and parent. I use they/them pronouns. My jam is speaking to students, teachers, coaches, employers, employees and anyone who will listen to all things queer. I provide a variety of teaching sessions that will break down the stigma and confusion around LGBTQ and gender identity topics. I have worked with schools to make curriculum LGBTQ inclusive and affirming, have been on panels guiding adults to raise kids with healthy relationships with gender, and have taught workshops to help people become better allies.”

Wayne Miller, Founder Living Proof Mentoring
Wayne is the founder of Living Proof Mentoring, a program specifically for people of color (POC). Through a collaboration with the DREAM mentoring program, Living Proof will pair adult POC with young POC in an effort to provide support, education, and networking opportunities through shared lived experiences. He is also a licensed addiction recovery provider. He identifies as a person in long-term recovery from addiction who has dedicated his career to assisting others in forging a path to recovery. Part of this work has also included developing mentorship programs to partner people in long-term recovery with at-risk youth.

Register for the conference here.
Online registration is required for all mentors and mentees. No payment is required. Lunch will be provided – suggested donation at the door $5
Questions? Contact Milton Community Youth Coalition at (802) 893-1009 or (802) 578-1524

View the FaceBook event page here.

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

FriendCHIPS 5k Race for Mentoring

Where: Founders Memorial School, 33 Founders Rd, Essex Junction, VT 05452
When: 9:30am 

Join FriendCHIPS for the 5th Annual 5K Race for Mentoring on Saturday, May 18 at 9:30 am at Founders Memorial School to support youth mentoring at Essex Westford School District. FriendCHIPS pairs students in grades 4th – 8th with caring adult mentors who meet weekly to build meaningful, lasting relationships. There will be a raffle with prizes from local businesses, food, and gifts for all runners. Come walk, run, or wheel with us!

Register for this event here.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, $100 for a whole team!
Learn more about FriendCHIPS and how to become a mentor at
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Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 

The 4th Annual Vermont Mentoring Symposium 

Where: Department for Children and Families, NOB 2 North, 280 State Dr, Waterbury, VT 05671
When: 9:00am – 4:00pm/5:00pm 

Join us on May 23rd for the 4th annual Vermont Mentoring Symposium! This year’s event will once again take place at the State Office Complex in Waterbury. We hope you’ll join us and mentoring program leaders from across the state for a day of networking and professional development.

This year’s Mentor Symposium has an ambitious theme: Empowering Young People through a Strengths-Based ApproachA mentor’s most important role is to see the potential, strengths and abilities within their mentees–often before the mentees see those qualities themselves. The workshops intentionally take on three topics that substantially impact young people today: race, gender and mental health. We know that to truly empower young people, we must first do the hard work of addressing and dismantling the barriers that stand in the way of that empowerment, including barriers within ourselves. At the 2019 Mentoring Symposium, we invite you to join us in celebrating the mentoring movement in Vermont and to continue your good work in creating a future world that is healthy for all young people.

Our keynote speaker will be Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon, Senior Advisor for Strategic Diversity Assessment and Research at the University of Vermont.

This year’s schedule of events will include (subject to minor changes):

9:00-9:30 → Registration and Ice Breaker

9:30-9:45 → Welcome/Logistics and Introduction

9:45-10:15 → Keynote Speaker Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon

10:25-11:55 → Session Block 1

12:00-1:00 → Lunch and Networking

1:10-2:40 → Session Block 2

2:50-4:00 → Peer-facilitated Conversations

Optional Session for Programs Working with Teens:

4:00-5:00 → Post-Secondary Access Toolkit working session

The registration cost (which includes lunch and coffee/snacks) will be $35 per person. The deadline for registering is Wednesday, May 15th.

For more information on workshops and presenters, click here.