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 youth-adult 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 youth-adult 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:
- Big Brother Big Sisters of Vermont
- Cabot Mentoring
- Connecting Youth Mentoring
- The Collaborative
- The DREAM Program
- Empower Up! Windsor Central Mentoring Program
- 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
- 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 Chad Butt ([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 program directory.
- 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 National 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
If your Vermont-based mentoring agency is interested in receiving no-cost technical assistance please contact Chad Butt ([email protected]) and he can help you apply for support through the National Mentoring Resource Center.
Mentoring is a proven strategy for youth development and there has been an abundance of national research conducted over the years to prove this. The research shows that youth in mentoring programs that meet best practices will receive benefits ranging from an increased likelihood to enroll in college to a decrease in likelihood of using drugs. Conducting yearly program surveys to gather program-specific data is an integral part of running a quality youth mentoring program and will help with the following:
- Provide Program Feedback: Conducting yearly program surveys with your constituents can provide your program with invaluable feedback. Yearly surveys are a way for you to ensure that your program is in fact having the desired impact you intend for the youth you serve.
- Meet Best Practices: Program evaluation is one of the major aspects that is necessary for a program to meet nationally recognized best practices.
- Secure Program Funding: You will be able to use the statewide data, coupled with your individual program’s data, to assist you with in securing more funding for your program from donors, businesses, and foundations.
We encourage you to reach out to Sarah if you have questions about the Vermont Mentoring Surveys
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.
For more information, email [email protected].
The Vermont Mentoring Symposium is convened annually by MENTOR Vermont, and is the only professional development and networking opportunity of its kind focused on youth mentoring in Vermont. The conference, both hybrid and in-person, brings together mentoring program staff from across the state, and includes workshops dedicated to current and important topics, and opportunities for the mentoring community to learn from one another.
The 2022 Vermont Mentoring Symposium will take place this year virtually October 25-26th, and in Waterbury, VT on October 27th.
Visit the Vermont Mentoring Symposium webpage to learn more about this year’s event and register for sessions.
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!
Internet Essentials: Through Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, your mentee and their family may be eligible to receive high-speed home internet for free. Internet Essentials is a part of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Visit the site for eligibility requirements and more information or contact Xfinity/Comcast today at (800) XFINITY (934-6489).
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.