January was National Mentoring Month!

MENTOR Vermont, as the state’s affiliate of MENTOR, organizes an annual Vermont Mentoring Month campaign with a statewide Mentoring Celebration and local program events. To learn more about this year’s festivities visit the National Mentoring Month page.

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series 

When: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm (Collaborative Mentoring Webinars are held on every third Thursday of the month, with the exception of this month’s webinar)

March’s Webinar: Rural Mentoring
Access to specific resources and partnerships and travel distance between mentors and mentees are just a few of the unique challenges that rural mentoring programs face. Join us in this webinar for an informative and engaging discussion focused on strategies and best practices for mentoring in tight-knit, rural communities. Presenters from different states will share their rural mentoring program model and the specific local context in which they operate, as well as discuss different practices they have found useful for their individual programs, including leveraging community assets and implementing creative training processes.

The Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series 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 following Affiliates: California Mentoring Partnership, MENTOR Colorado, MENTOR Illinois, Indiana Mentoring Partnership, the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, MENTOR Independence Region, and MENTOR Vermont. Through ongoing planning and evaluation of the latest developments in the field, this team delivers a webinar each month focused on strengthening mentoring practice, sharing new resources, and helping the field put research into practice. Mentoring practitioners interested in the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series are encouraged to visit The National Mentoring Resource Center, which is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and facilitated in partnership with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Free technical assistance is available, along with approved quality mentoring materials. Take advantage of this resource today to strengthen your program’s services to youth! 

Thursday, March 21st, 2019 

2019 Community Science Night 

Where: ECHO Leahy Center, 1 College Street, Burlington, VT* 
When: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Bring your mentee and join other mentor pairs from programs across northwest Vermont for a fun-filled evening at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. This year’s special exhibit is the “Age of Dinosaurs!”

There will also be free dinner, hands-on demonstrations with ECHO’s E-Team, a scavenger hunt, and free exploration of all of ECHO’s exhibits!

Please RSVP to your mentoring program by Monday, March 18th!

This event is sponsored by ECHO’s Open Door Program and supported by MENTOR Vermont and the Chittenden County Mentoring Network. 

*Free parking available in lot behind ECHO 

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

13th Annual beCAUSE Craft Show
Where: Ross Sports Center at St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT 
When: 9:30am-4:00pm

The beCAUSE Craft Show was created so that our local community could reach out and help many organizations that are in need through the efforts of one event, while supporting the business of local vendors. March 23rd will mark the thirteenth year the show has run and it just keeps growing. This year, there will be over 100 Vermont handcrafters selling their wares, and all of them have committed to donating 50%-100% of their profits to a charity of their choice. Local artist Ben Thurber will be selling his artwork and donating a portion of his profits to MENTOR Vermont.

The admission price of the show is $3 and will be donated directly the local food shelves. Children under 12 attend free. See the Facebook event page here

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 

2019 Northwest Vermont Mentoring Celebration 

Where:, 1 Howard Street, Burlington, VT
When: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

Join mentors from youth mentoring programs in northwestern Vermont for an evening of celebration and appreciation at in the South End of Burlington. Light hors d’oeurves and refreshments will be provided.

Please feel free to invite your friends, partner, or spouse to attend as well! RSVP to your mentoring program by Wednesday, March 20th.

Free parking is available in the south end of the Dealer.Com complex. The event is generously sponsored by Dealer.Com, and convened by the Chittenden County Mentoring Network. #MentorIRL

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Annual Youth Conference

Where: U32 High School, East Montpelier, VT
When: 9:00am 

The Youth Development Program invites you to get involved with their 29th annual “Turning Dreams into Plans” youth conference!

The Turning Dreams into Plans youth conference is for young Vermonters, ages 14-23, who have experience in the foster care system. Any young person who is or has been connected to YDP is welcome to attend! And of course we invite any adult supporters, friends, or family to accompany the youth in their lives to this event.

What’s the day like?

The Youth Conference offers a day full of fun, interactive, and informational activities that will help attendees develop skills and make connections in many areas of their lives. The day will include engaging workshops, powerful presentations, and will overall be great day to learn about resources, meet new people, connect with old friends, and celebrate the amazing youth in our state.

Registration is free and includes lunch and a free t-shirt!

Want to nominate someone for Youth of the Year? Click Here to make your nomination.

Want to present a workshop at the conference? YDP is accepting workshop proposals until March 1st. Youth and young adult presenters are strongly encouraged! Click Here to submit a workshop idea.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Michelle Maseroni at [email protected]  or 802-558-2473.

Click here to register!

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Vermont Mentoring Symposium 

Where: Department for Children and Families, NOB 2 North, 280 State Dr, Waterbury, VT 05671

Details and RSVP will be announced in April.