MENTOR Vermont envisions a future in which every young person in Vermont has the supportive mentoring relationships they need to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults. In order to achieve this goal, we have collaborated with our funding partners to create the Vermont Mentoring Grants. With funding support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation, the Vermont Department for Children and Families, and the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, MENTOR Vermont strives to support, expand, and enhance the quality of existing mentoring programs, while also to helping to establish new adult-to-youth mentoring programs. We support this critical work by making grants and providing technical assistance, with the ultimate goal of sustainably increasing the quality and quantity of mentoring matches statewide.
To learn more about the Vermont Mentoring Grants, please visit our Vermont Mentoring Grants page.
The Quality Mentoring System (QMS) is designed to help adult-to-youth mentoring programs ensure that they are meeting best practices and receive recognition for doing so.
MENTOR Vermont encourages all adult-youth mentoring programs in Vermont to participate in the QMS process. To begin the process, contact MENTOR Vermont at 802-658-1888 or [email protected].
Mentoring programs and agencies that have completed the QMS process and are meeting best practices as of their last program review:
* Program is currently going through its every three-year renewal process.
- Big Brother Big Sisters of Vermont
- Cabot Mentoring*
- Connecting Youth Mentoring
- The Collaborative
- The DREAM Program*
- Empower Up! Windsor Central Mentoring Program
- Essex FriendCHIPS
- Everybody Wins! Vermont
- Girls/Boyz First Mentoring
- Grand Isle County Mentoring*
- King Street Junior Senior Buddy Program*
- The Mentor Connector
- The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley*
- Milton Mentors
- Mt. Abraham Unified School District*
- South Burlington Mentors
- Spectrum Mentoring*
- Twinfield Together Mentoring Program*
- Watershed Mentoring
- Windsor County Mentors
Mentoring programs and agencies currently going through the QMS process:
About the Database
Since 2013, MENTOR Vermont has managed the Vermont Mentoring Database, a mentoring program data management system built by CiviCore and based on feedback and direct input from mentoring programs, funders, and MENTOR Vermont staff. MENTOR Vermont manages this system, helps new programs join, and provides ongoing training and technical support for users. To learn more about the system, we encourage you to reach out to Benji Thurber ([email protected]) for a complimentary tour of the system.
Two Levels of Access to the System
- A free account (available to all mentoring programs in the state) which many mentoring agencies have already used or are currently using to update information about their programs and agencies for their pages in the statewide mentoring directory, apply for Vermont Mentoring Grant funding from MENTOR Vermont, and download application and survey templates.
- A paid annual account (view our pricing details) which will allow mentoring programs to store and track ongoing information about their mentors and mentees, including valuable demographic and outcome data. Mentoring staff members will be able to manage match information, and mentors will both be able to apply and submit information about their mentoring sessions through the system. We are continually bringing interested programs on board to the full (paid) version of the system. If you are interested in signing up, please contact [email protected].
Support for the Vermont Mentoring Database
We are grateful to our partners at the A.D. Henderson Foundation, who funded the design and first year of implementation of the system. The pricing structure was developed based on input from programs who were willing to pay for a database but were unable to afford the cost of the national mentoring database, and was reviewed by the statewide members of the Program Leadership Council. The program fees allow MENTOR Vermont to pay for CiviCore’s annual fee for hosting and maintaining the system, as well as create future additions to the system based on program feedback and needs.
MENTOR Vermont is an affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and an official technical assistance provider of the National Mentoring Resource Center, a project of MENTOR and Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
In the Fall of 2014, MENTOR and the OJJDP launched the National Mentoring Resource Center. The Resource Center is a comprehensive, reliable resource for mentoring tools, best practices, and training opportunities that is designed to improve the quality and effectiveness of youth mentoring across the nation.
MENTOR Vermont is partnering 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 will be provided by MENTOR Vermont, local experienced mentoring coordinators, and experts in the field. Requests for assistance should be for aspects to help your program ensure it aligns with the national standards for quality-based mentoring, The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™. Requests may also be for enhancements of programs that go beyond required best practices. MENTOR Vermont looks forward to working with programs across the state to utilize this great opportunity.
How to Apply
To learn more and to fill out an application, visit the National Mentoring Resource Center’s Technical Assistance page. Please allow time for the application to be processed by MENTOR and approved by OJJDP. Once your request has been approved, you will receive notification and MENTOR Vermont will contact you.
If you have any questions about how this process works for programs in Vermont, please contact Chad at [email protected].
The 2020 Vermont Mentoring Surveys are now available!
First launched in 2014, this important evaluation tool is designed to provide mentoring programs in Vermont with a way to track common data about the effects mentoring is having on youth served by their program, and to allow MENTOR Vermont to track aggregate data about mentoring throughout the state.
Below you will find a toolkit, sample surveys, and some common questions answered. Please contact MENTOR Vermont if you are interested in utilizing the surveys for your program.
THE VERMONT MENTORING SURVEY TOOLKIT
The toolkit is designed to help mentoring programs implement the surveys in a uniform and valid manner.
Click Here to Access the 2020 Survey Toolkit!
Please do not use these links to administer the surveys for your program. Each program that contacts MENTOR Vermont indicating it wants to participate will receive a unique set of URLs for its surveys.
During-Match Surveys: These are the primary surveys, intended to be administered once a year, that we expect programs to use most widely
We encourage you to reach out to [email protected] if you have any additional questions that are not covered here or by the toolkit.
The 2019 statewide survey results are in! Want to learn more about the positive impact mentoring is having for youth mentees in Vermont?
Read the 2019 Vermont Mentoring Survey Report!
(released October 31, 2019)
MENTOR Vermont has partnered with Verified Volunteers to implement a national background check system for youth mentoring programs in Vermont. This partnership creates a system for mentoring programs to be able to conduct national criminal record checks on prospective mentors that will provide results within 48 hours, reduce the cost of conducting a national criminal record check, and make the experience simpler and less time consuming for mentors. Additionally, thanks to funding support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation, MENTOR Vermont will be able to cover the cost for these background checks for any program funded through the Vermont Mentoring Grants or that is in its first two years of implementation. For more information, email [email protected].
Thank you for joining us on May 23rd for the 4th annual Vermont Mentoring Symposium at the State Office Complex in Waterbury. The event brought together more than 50 mentoring program leaders and supporters from across the state for a day of networking and professional development.
This year’s Mentoring Symposium had an ambitious theme: Empowering Young People through a Strengths-Based Approach. We invite you to continue your learning experience by scrolling through the content below and downloading materials that the presenters have made available to mentoring programs, and/or contacting presenters you most enjoyed to ask questions and organize trainings with them for your program’s mentors.
To see more photos from the event, visit our Facebook album.
This year’s schedule of events included:
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
This year’s Mentoring Symposium had an ambitious theme: Empowering Young People through a Strengths-Based Approach. A 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 took 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 invited attendees 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.
Keynote Speaker: Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon, Senior Advisor for Strategic Diversity Assessment and Research at the University of Vermont.
A Dialogue about Race and Equity for Mentoring Coordinators
To truly honor the young people in our mentoring programs, we must have clear understanding of how race and equity play a role in our own lives and in the lives of the young people in our program and their mentors. This workshop will examine race and equity, including inviting us to look at our own bias and race, while focusing on the following:
- Raising diversity awareness (internally and externally)
- Exploring a working definition for empathy and how this translates into the role of a mentor
- What it means to mentor as a co-conspirator
Facilitated by Michael Hill, Jr., Student Assistant Program Counselor for Burlington High School and adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Vermont.
Contact Michael Hill, Jr.: [email protected]
LGBTQ+ Best Practices Training
The LGBTQ+ Best Practices Training will cover a brief overview of identity development and community strengths, provide exercises to distinguish and understand the components of the LGBTQ+ acronym, review common frameworks for understanding gender and sexuality, briefly discuss the minority stress model and its implications on physical and mental wellbeing, review language and the significance of pronouns, and highlight best practices. Attendees will be provided with a variety of handouts including: Common Identities and Definitions, the Gender Unicorn, The Impact of Pronouns, and Tips for Best Practices.
Facilitated by Skylar Wolfe, Director of SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program, and Taylor Small, Director of Health & Wellness Program, from the Pride Center of Vermont.
Youth Mental Health
This workshop will discuss not only how to empower youth but how to empower ourselves first. Sean will walk mentor coordinators through understanding the anxious mind, triggers, emotional regulation, and how to support through love, compassion and empathy. Most importantly how to use validation in order to build rapport quickly.
We are in the midst of a public health crisis with supports that are outdated. In order to support the children of today we have to stop the notion that they do well if they want to and instead remember children do well if they can. It is our responsibility to model behaviors. We cannot help or support anyone if we cannot help or support ourselves first. If we want children to be empowered we need to take away the shame and guilt they are feeling. In order to empower them we need to teach them self-esteem and respect. Through the mental health lens this means constantly building them up and inviting them to enjoy in their successes.
Facilitated by Sean Perry, Co-Founder and President of We R H.O.P.E., Inc.
Presentation and materials available by request! Contact Sean at [email protected].
Optional Post-Secondary Toolkit Session
At the conclusion of the day, there will be an optional working session for mentoring programs that serve youth 12 and up. We are seeking input from mentoring program leaders who support teens on a guidebook MENTOR Vermont is helping to develop for mentors on how to talk with their mentees about their options after high school.
Co-facilitated by Kathi Terami, Executive Director of Careers CLiC, and Chad Butt, Executive Director of MENTOR Vermont.
Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon (he/his/him)
Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon is the Senior Advisor for Strategic Diversity Assessment and Research at the University of Vermont. He advises the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs at UVM. He serves as the Vice Chair of the President’s Commission for Inclusive Excellence at UVM and in a number of other capacities across the University. Additionally, he is a Partner with CQ Strategies, a local Vermont-based consultancy that helps organizations become more culturally proficient through education, resources, and ongoing support. He believes his purpose in life is to passionately pursue justice to make the world a more equitable place. Prior to joining UVM, Paul served as an administrator and teacher in PK-12 schools in both Vermont and Massachusetts. He has served as a formal and informal mentor to numerous young people over the course of his career.
Michael Hill, Jr. (he/his/him)
Michael Hill, Jr., a racial equity leader, teacher, trainer and social worker, moved to Vermont from Harlem, New York City, to obtain his undergraduate degree from Saint Michael’s College and later his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Vermont. His professional journey includes working with refugee, immigrant and multicultural youth and young adults and their families through various service programs. Today Mike works as the Student Assistant Program Counselor for Burlington High School and as an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Vermont.
Skylar Wolfe (he/him/his)
Skylar Wolfe is the Director of the SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at the Pride Center of Vermont. Skylar is genuine, compassionate, transparent, and sometimes a bit quirky. He believes that if people can learn to better love and care for themselves, they can also learn to better love and care for the world around them. Skylar welcomes attendees to engage through laughter, recognizing strengths, and honoring the impact and importance of the discussed content to LGBTQ+ mentees. Skylar has worked in LGBTQ+ anti-violence work for 5 years in a variety of roles including: suicide intervention, facilitating LGBTQ+ affirmation trainings and social affinity spaces, leading creative social change discussions and relationship workshops, providing direct services to other LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, and conducting research on the mental health of transgender university students.
Taylor Small (she/her/hers)
Taylor Small is the Director of the Health and Wellness Program at the Pride Center of Vermont. Taylor uses a holistic view in understanding her wellness work and currently focuses on three main projects: HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, breast and cervical cancer screening education and referrals, and tobacco cessation education. Taylor is committed to community building and youth empowerment, as seen through her previous work at the Howard Center, Spectrum Youth & Family Services, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, and Outright Vermont. She has a clear passion and drive to support the larger LGBTQ+ community of Vermont and has previously been featured on VPR discussing the “Trans & Non-Binary Experience in Vermont“.
Sean Perry (he/his/him)
Sean Perry has two decades of coaching experience and working with youth. He’s a certified Life Coach, Cognitive Behavioral Coach, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Specialist/ instructor, certified in Childhood Trauma and is an Exposure Response Prevention Specialist. As of late Sean is trained to train staff in the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. He also has been trained in collaborative problem solving and will soon be a trainer for Emotional CPR. In June of 2019 Sean will host his own a radio talk show on the Voice America Radio network discussing the mental health crisis in America.
Sean saw a huge gap in the mental health industry while working in the private residential setting. He noticed that it was more about the have and the have nots then anyone would like to admit. This lack of equality pushed Sean to create We R H.O.P.E. Inc. with a colleague. While operating We R H.O.P.E., Sean was simultaneously the Program Manager at a residential treatment center for boys with severe trauma. He has since resigned to focus all of his energy on We R H.O.P.E. Sean hopes to create change in the public schools by bringing support at a much younger age and breaking the stigma of mental illness.
Kathi Terami is the founding director of the Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership (UVBEP), which rebranded in 2017 as Careers CLiC. The organization has connected resources from over 1,200 employers to nearly 18,000 students and 600 teachers in 160 schools in New Hampshire and Vermont during the past 20 years. Kathi has worked in both the business and nonprofit sectors and understands the unique needs of each, ensuring that Careers CLiC delivers programs to prepare the next generation for life after high school. Careers CLiC’s programs guide K-12 students through a continuum of career development that helps build career awareness in elementary students, offers career exploration tools for middle school students and provides career application opportunities to high school students. Kathi worked closely with the VT Department of Labor and the VT Agency of Education to develop Vermont’s Standards for Work-based Learning. Careers CLiC is currently Vermont’s statewide coordinator for the TIPS internship program through the VT DOL’s Next Generation Fund, as well as a Federal GEAR UP State Partner for career readiness program development in schools through the Vermont Student Assistance Corp.
About the Vermont Mentoring Symposium
The Vermont Mentoring Symposium takes place each spring and is the only professional development and networking opportunity of its kind focused on youth mentoring in Vermont. The day brings together mentoring program staff, board members, and supporters from across the state, and includes a keynote speaker, workshop tracks dedicated to current and important topics, and opportunities for the mentoring community to get to know one another.
MENTOR Vermont hosts a searchable directory of mentoring programs in the state for potential mentors and mentee. Mentoring programs can update and manage their listing on the directory through the free, basic version of the Vermont Mentoring Database. For assistance editing or creating a program listing, contact [email protected].
MENTOR Vermont offers mentoring programs throughout the state support for any aspect of their program. From talking through a difficult mentor match issue to trying to figure out how to improve upon a fundraising event, MENTOR Vermont is here to help.
Additionally, MENTOR Vermont serves as a hub of resources and a connector for mentoring programs. Many of Vermont’s mentoring programs are in areas of the state where there are few or no other mentoring programs nearby. As the statewide mentoring partnership, MENTOR Vermont works to connect mentoring programs to one another to enable peer-to-peer sharing of ideas and support.
Finally, mentoring programs never need to create anything from scratch. MENTOR Vermont has a host of examples of any form, application, or policy that mentoring programs may need.
Please reach out to Chad at [email protected] for any program support needs.
Mentoring Connector: The Mentoring Connector is a free service from MENTOR that helps quality youth mentoring programs across the U.S. recruit more local volunteers while greatly increasing visibility for their organizations. All programs are required to create a new entry for the updated version of the system to ensure all information is current. To add your program to the Mentoring Connector, please follow this link and click on “Add a New Program.”
Pathways to Promising Careers: The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor recently released the latest edition of Pathways to Promising Careers. This resource highlights 54 of Vermont’s promising jobs—and the education and training pathways that lead to them. Each job is expected to pay an average of at least $20/hour and have at least 100 openings over the next decade. It’s an excellent resource and conversation starter for students of all ages!
Reward Volunteers: Reward Volunteers is a web-based initiative, headed by Cabot Creamery Cooperative that rewards volunteers and their organizations for the time they spend giving back to their communities. We continue to encourage Vermont mentoring programs that use the Vermont Mentoring Database to have their mentors log their volunteer hours through the database. Volunteer mentors who log their hours through the database will automatically be entered into the Reward Volunteers system. Use and follow #RewardVolunteers to be a part of the conversation.
Internet Essentials: Through Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, your mentee and their family may be eligible to receive high-speed home internet for $9.95/month*, a low-cost computer for $149.99*, and free internet training. Visit the site for eligibility requirements and more information or contact us today. (*plus tax)
Hunger Free Vermont: Hunger Free Vermont is a statewide nonprofit organization that works with state agencies and community groups to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. Their child nutrition team is available to provide free technical assistance to schools or communities to grow and strengthen child nutrition programs. For more information, contact Rebecca Mitchell, child nutrition initiatives manager.
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont: Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (PCAV) offers free trainings to support providers, staff, and parents in preventing sexual abuse from occurring. For more information, contact PCAV here or at (802) 229-5724.
Get Active: MENTOR Vermont and the Vermont Department of Health partnered in an effort to provide resources and guidance for mentoring organizations and mentors across the state to incorporate some form of physical activity into their programming. Program staff and mentors, find out how you can help encourage mentees to live an active, healthy lifestyle by viewing the Getting Active and Making a Difference guidebook.