Thursday, February 20, 2020

Mentoring Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series

Where: Online, REGISTER for Free HERE
When: 1:00 – 2:15 pm
Caring adults and communities can be best positioned to provide opportunities for justice-involved young people and their families, and they can provide many benefits such as building positive character, guiding them in planning for their future, and realizing their potential. In this webinar, we will be discuss the ways mentors and mentoring programs can support youth and their families during their complicated interactions with the juvenile court system and help restore a sense of belonging for those involved. This webinar aims to bring awareness to the challenges and realities court-involved youth face and the role that mentoring supports and services can play. While using the Elements of Effective Practice and a trauma-informed lens, community-based and court-based programs will discuss best practices around working with this population, and ways to provide essential supports during crisis and transition.
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.

Monday, March 30, 2020

A Continued Dialogue about Gender for Mentors and Mentoring Coordinators*
With Guest Speaker Mara Iverson, Director of Education at Outright Vermont
(SB Mentoring Speaker Series)

Where: Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School Library
500 Dorset Street, South Burlington
When: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Please join Mara Iverson, Director of Education at Outright Vermont​, for a continued dialogue about gender and an opportunity to deepen skills to honor and empower student leaders (mentees).

The evening’s presentation and dialogue will include but not be limited to the following topics:

  • Raising gender/gender fluidity awareness (internally and externally)
  • What it means to mentor as an ally

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

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

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!