Raising Awareness

MENTOR Vermont spearheads local, regional, and statewide efforts to raise public awareness of the benefits of mentoring and the need for more volunteers. This includes promoting mentoring programs and stories to the media, assisting programs with their public relations efforts, implementing an annual mentoring celebration at the Vermont Statehouse during National Mentoring Month, leading local and national advocacy efforts, and collaborating with MENTOR’s national mentoring affiliate network.

If you would like assistance with promoting a mentoring program or event to the public, please contact [email protected].

1: Social Media & Vermont's Mentoring Newsletter

MENTOR Vermont strives to raise public awareness of the importance of mentoring and assist programs with their public relations efforts through its social media platforms and the monthly Vermont Mentoring Newsletter. 

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Vermont Mentoring Newsletter

2: Vermont Mentoring News

Want to stay connected and informed about MENTOR Vermont and mentoring programs across the state? Visit the Vermont Mentoring News page to read about our events and the latest mentoring news. 

Vermont Mentoring News

3: National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, a designated time each year to thank current mentors and recruit new volunteers. Here in Vermont, MENTOR Vermont partners with mentoring programs and supporters around the state to organize local festivities and celebrate our collective efforts to develop a culture of mentoring, and provide support for young Vermonters in every corner of the state. Traditionally, each January, MENTOR Vermont hosts a mentoring celebration at the Vermont statehouse that brings together mentors, mentees, and mentoring supporters across the state to recognize Vermont’s mentors and raise awareness of the importance of youth mentoring. In 2021 these festivities were replaced by an online virtual Vermont Mentoring Month campaign due to the pandemic.

Nationally, the campaign is spearheaded by MENTOR (The National Mentoring Partnership), the Harvard School of Public Health, the Highland Street Foundation, and the National Basketball Association.

Locally, MENTOR Vermont organizes National Mentoring Month activities in Vermont thanks to the support of sponsors from the local business community

Learn More About Vermont Mentoring Month 2021

4: Collaboration with MENTOR Affiliate Network

MENTOR Vermont is the state affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. We are a part of MENTOR’s network of more than 25 mentoring partnerships across the country.

MENTOR is the lead champion for youth mentoring in the United States.

Its mission is to fuel the quantity and quality of mentoring relationships for America’s young people and to close the mentoring gap.

As a member of the MENTOR affiliate network, MENTOR Vermont serves a unique role as a clearinghouse for training, resources, public awareness and advocacy, providing the critical link between MENTOR’s national efforts and local organizations and programs that foster and support quality mentoring relationships.

Since 2014, MENTOR Vermont has partnered with MENTOR to offer mentoring programs in Vermont the opportunity to apply for individualized program assistance through the National Mentoring Resource Center at no cost to them or their agencies. This program assistance is provided by local experienced mentoring coordinators and experts in the field.

MENTOR also maintains the nationally renowned Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, now in its fourth edition. This keystone publication on mentoring standards details research-informed and practitioner-approved Standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs and consequently, impactful mentoring relationships. The Fourth Edition, released in September 2015, reflects the most up-to-date research, practice, and thinking in the mentoring field. The Elements are the backbone of the National Quality Mentoring System.