Events

January is National Mentoring Month!

Launched in 2002 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership  and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people. This campaign celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its goals are to:

  • Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms
  • Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people
  • Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring

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.

View a list of important National Mentoring Month dates here.


Friday, January 18th, 2018

The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley’s Mentor Appreciation Celebration

When: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
Where: The Space on Main, 174 Main Street, Bradford, VT 05033

The Mentoring Project will honor current fabulous Volunteer Mentors at its annual Mentor Appreciation Celebration. Considering becoming a volunteer Mentor to a young person in the Greater Bradford Area? Come and enjoy an evening of good food, music and festivity while you learn what mentoring can mean and support a great cause.                                                           

Social Hour – 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Cash bar and live music 
Jim Musty and Friends will provide live music.

Buffet dinner – 6:30pm,  catered by the Colatina.
During dessert, there will be a panel of former Mentors & Mentees talking about what mentoring has meant to them, during the time they were in the program and now.


Saturday, January 19th, 2019

SB Mentoring Winter Gala

When: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Where: Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, 500 Dorset St, South Burlington, VT 05403

SB Mentoring will celebrate its mentors and their commitment to honoring the young leaders in the program with a Winter Gala Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, January 19. The event will also celebrate January as National Mentoring Month.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $15 with all proceeds supporting materials for mentors and young leaders in the program.

For further information and to purchase tickets, please contact Healthy Schools Coordinator Susie Merrick at [email protected] or 652-7035. 

Register here


Monday, January 21st, 2019

SB Mentoring’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Event

When: 9:00 am-11:30 am
Where: South Burlington High School, 550 Dorset St, South Burlington, VT 05403

Join SB Mentoring in an annual tradition of gathering to share food and dialogue, and engage in community service together in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. 


Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Mentoring Celebration at the Statehouse

When: 9:15 am – 2:00 pm 
Where: Capital Plaza and the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, VT

This annual event marks the culmination of National Mentoring Month festivities in Vermont, and features a Mentoring Month proclamation by the Governor, a Mentoring Month resolution by the House and Senate, the awarding of the Vermont Mentor of the Year Award, free statehouse tours and lunch for youth mentees and their mentors, and much more. Click here to register for you or your mentoring program!

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Grand Isle County Mentoring Game Night 

When: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 
Where: Grand Isle School Library, 224 US-2, Grand Isle, VT 05458

The Grand Isle County Mentoring Program is having a game night for mentors and mentees. All GIC mentors and their mentees are invited to attend a pizza and game night on Wednesday January 23rd. Grand Isle County Mentoring is a school- based mentoring program, which matches community children with adults who have similar interests. They meet once a week for one hour in the school at a mutually convenient time. Now is the time to think about young people in our community who could benefit from an additional relationship with a caring adult. Every child who wants a mentor should have one! Mentoring has proven results for both the children and adults who care enough to make the commitment of just one hour a week.  Mentoring doesn’t require an expert; it only requires your time. , “Make a difference in a youth’s life; be a mentor.”

If you would like more information, please contact Liese Reagan, coordinator at 802-233-5846 or email [email protected]


Thursday, January 24th, 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)

January’s Webinar: Maximizing Volunteer Engagement.
Mentoring programs are focused on recruiting and engaging volunteers as mentors, but is there potential for volunteers to support our programs in other ways? Learn how to maximize the potential of your volunteers beyond mentoring, and engage them in recruiting other mentors and mentees, supporting fundraising and events, and much more. We’ll also discuss how to manage volunteers in these different capacities, what roles and responsibilities are better suited for paid staff, and how volunteers can support your program at various stages of development.

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! 

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“Meet the Mentors” – Presented by Windsor County Partners

When: 6:00 pm 
Where: Springfield Town Library, 43 Maine Street, Springfield, VT 05156 
 
Windsor County Partners is spreading the word. They are scheduling a few “Meet the Mentors” events in libraries, including this event scheduled at Springfield Town Library; please join them for a presentation about WCP mentoring programs and a Q&A session at this and other locations. 
 
Look for information at a Windsor County public library, where they have shared information about youth mentoring, book suggestions, and more.  

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

The 12th Annual Mentor Bowl

When: Pick a time slot of 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm or 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm 
Where: The Rutland Bowlerama, 158 South Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701

This fun-filled afternoon offers a much-needed outlet for those of you that feel “winter housebound.” Families, friends, and colleagues all have a great time, especially the kids (and kids at heart)!

The Mentor Bowl is one of only two fun(d)raisers hosted by The Mentor Connector. It brings in over 300 enthusiastic supporters including community partners, mentor matches, and families.  So grab up to 4 of your favorite people to bowl with you and get started… pick your team, select a team name, and sign up! No bowling experience is necessary! Team registration sheets and pledge forms can be found here: http://bit.ly/MentorBowlTeam

The Mentor Connector asks that each team collectively raise $250.  You can pay that outright, find a sponsor, or ask each team member to fun(d)raise. Don’t stop at $250—we’ll give prizes to the top fun(d)raisers!  

Bowlers Enjoy:

For more information, contact [email protected]com

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14th Annual National Life Readathon 

When: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 
Where: National Life, Montpelier, 1 National Drive, Montpelier, VT 05604 

Everyone will find something new and fun to read aloud at the 14th Annual National Life Read-A-Thon! 

Read aloud as many books as you can, fill your passport with stamps, collect gold coins for a chance at fabulous prizes from Bear Pond Books, and devour Post Office Cafe cookies and milk while you sing along with Jon Gailmor.

Every child picks a free book to take home!

The Read-A-Thon is a free community event generously supported by National Life Group.

Children of all ages are welcome with an adult! Come as you are on the spur of the moment; no sign-up is necessary.
Questions? Email [email protected] or call 802-229-2665.


Monday, January 28th, 2019 

“A Dialogue About Race and Equity for Mentors and Mentor Coordinators” 

When: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
Where: Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, 500 Dorset St, South Burlington, VT 05403 

Please join racial equity leader, teacher, trainer, and social worker Michael Hill, Jr, for an opportunity to grow skills to honor and empower student leaders (mentees) from racially diverse backgrounds. 

The evening’s presentation and dialogue will include the following topics: 

Register here


Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

“Meet the Mentors” – Presented by Windsor County Partners

When: 4:00 pm 
Where: Hartland Public Library, 153 US-5, Hartland, VT 05048 
 
Windsor County Partners is spreading the word. They are scheduling a few “Meet the Mentors” events in libraries, including this event scheduled at Springfield Town Library; please join them for a presentation about WCP mentoring programs and a Q&A session at this and other locations. 
 
Look for information at a Windsor County public library, where they have shared information about youth mentoring, book suggestions, and more.  

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Community Night at Bluebird Barbecue, Benefiting Everybody Wins! Vermont

When: 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm 
Where: Bluebird Barbecue, 317 Riverside Ave, Burlington, VT 05401 

On Wednesday 1/30/19, Bluebird Barbecue will be donating 10% of the entire evening’s sales to Everybody Wins! Vermont.

Support this organization by making a reservation at Bluebird Barbecue!

Book Your Table:
bluebirdbbq.com
802-448-3070