Vermont Mentoring Symposium

MENTOR Vermont will host the 2021 Vermont Mentoring Symposium virtually, through Zoom, Monday, October 18th – Wednesday, October 20th.
 
The Symposium is meant for mentoring program staff and advisory/board members.

Use the sections below to learn more about sessions and presenters!

1: About this Event

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 day brings together mentoring program staff, board members, and supporters from across the state, and includes workshops dedicated to current and important topics, and opportunities for the mentoring community to learn from one another.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MENTOR Vermont will once again be hosted the event virtually, through Zoom, Monday, October 18th – Wednesday, October 20th.

2: Schedule

The 2021 Virtual Vermont Mentoring Symposium will take place Monday, October 18th – Wednesday, October 20th. 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18TH

  • 9:30-9:45am – Morning Mindfulness Practice (Angie Barger, Somatic Mindfulness Practitioner)
  • 10:00-10:20am – WELCOME (MENTOR Vermont Executive Director Chad Butt)
  • 10:30am-12:00pm – WORKSHOP: Youth Engagement & Fostering Youth Voice (Matt Wolf, Vermont Afterschool)
  • 12:30-1:30pm – WORKSHOP: MENTOR VT’s Future Exploration Guide for Mentors (Kathi Terami & Lorin Durand, Careers CLiC, & Chad Butt, MENTOR Vermont)
  • 2:00-3:00pm – PEER DISCUSSION: Improving and Getting the Most out of Advisory Councils/Boards

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19TH

  • 9:30-9:45am – Morning Mindfulness Practice (Angie Barger, Somatic Mindfulness Practitioner)
  • 10:00-11:30am – WORKSHOPCombatting White Saviorism in Mentors and Mentoring Programs (Unique Saunders & Dorothy Yoder, MENTOR Independence Region)
  • 12:30-1:30pm – PEER DISCUSSION: Recruitment during the time of COVID
  • 2:00-3:00pm – PEER DISCUSSION: New Mentoring Coordinators/Staff Support

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH

  • 9:30-9:45am – Morning Mindfulness Practice (Angie Barger, Somatic Mindfulness Practitioner)
  • 9:45-10:15am – Q&A: Bringing Mindfulness Into Your Personal Life & Mentoring Program (Angie Barger, Somatic Mindfulness Practitioner)
  • 10:30am-12:00pm – WORKSHOP: Youth Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic (Kheya Ganguly, Director of Trauma Prevention and Resilience Development at the State of Vermont)
  • 12:30-1:30pm – PEER DISCUSSION: Rethinking Matching by Gender
  • 2:00-3:00pm – PEER DISCUSSION: Winter is Coming – Continuing to Adjust to COVID
3: Workshops and Session Descriptions

Recordings of most workshops and other downloadable resources will be available through the Vermont Mentoring Hub after the Symposium.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18TH

9:30-9:45am – Morning Mindfulness Practice
Presenter: Angie Barger (Somatic Mindfulness Practitioner) Angie’s Bio
Description: We will start our day with a 15 minute guided mindfulness practice. You are welcome to participate by sitting and listening with your eyes closed. Feel free to join us with your tea and a blanket. You will be invited to breathe and notice your body and mind during this quiet experience of paying attention to the present moment.  

10:30am-12:00pm – WORKSHOP: Youth Engagement & Fostering Youth Voice 
Presenter: Matt Wolf (Youth Voice Coordinator, Vermont AfterschoolMatt’s Bio
Description: Come learn, explore, and discuss how to increase and amplify youth voice in your mentoring program.

12:30-1:30pm – WORKSHOP: MENTOR VT’s Future Exploration Guide for Mentors
Presenters: Kathi Terami & Lorin Durand (Careers CLiC) Kathi’s Bio Lorin’s Bio and Chad Butt (Mentor Vermont)
Description: MENTOR Vermont and Careers CLiC have worked together to develop a resource for mentors working with mentees grades 7-12, to help mentors support their mentees in exploring their options after high school. This session will introduce program staff to the finalized toolkit and discuss how to implement the resource in your program.

2:00-3:00pm – PEER DISCUSSION: Improving and Getting the Most out of Advisory Councils/Boards
Description: 
This will be an opportunity to share and learn how to increase the effectiveness of mentoring program advisory boards. How do you recruit new members? What is the role of an advisory board member? How do you keep your advisory board engaged? Bring your questions and your experiences to share. 


Tuesday, OCTOBER 19TH

9:30-9:45am – Morning Mindfulness Practice
Presenter: Angie Barger (Somatic Mindfulness Practitioner) Angie’s Bio
Description: We will start our day with a 15 minute guided mindfulness practice. You are welcome to participate by sitting and listening with your eyes closed. Feel free to join us with your tea and a blanket. You will be invited to breathe and notice your body and mind during this quiet experience of paying attention to the present moment.

10:00-11:30am – WORKSHOPCombatting White Saviorism in Mentors and Mentoring Programs
Presenters: Unique Saunders & Dorothy Yoder (MENTOR Independence RegionUnique’s Bio Dorothy’s Bio
Description: Mentoring relationships and programs have the power to reproduce racial inequity. Mentors and mentoring programs have a moral obligation to do no harm to the youth and families engaged in their mentoring relationships and programs. In this workshop, participants explore what white saviorism looks like as well as the harmful impact it has on youth. Participants will develop the ability to recognize white saviorism in mentoring relationships and programs and explore concrete strategies to combat its harmful effects.

12:30-1:30pm – PEER DISCUSSION: Recruitment During the Time of COVID
Description: 
Join us as we discuss the current state of mentor and mentee recruitment. What is working? Are you pausing recruitment at the moment? How are you preparing for participants with differing risk or concern levels about COVID?

2:00-3:00pm – PEER DISCUSSION: New Mentoring Coordinators/Staff Support
Description: 
This session is intended for newer mentoring program coordinators and program staff to come together and share with one another how they are doing and what support they would like from MENTOR Vermont or each other. Experienced coordinators are welcome to attend to provide support and share what they have learned over the years. 


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH

9:30-9:45am – Morning Mindfulness Practice
Presenter: Angie Barger (Somatic Mindfulness Practitioner) Angie’s Bio
Description: We will start our day with a 15 minute guided mindfulness practice. You are welcome to participate by sitting and listening with your eyes closed. Feel free to join us with your tea and a blanket. You will be invited to breathe and notice your body and mind during this quiet experience of paying attention to the present moment.  

9:45-10:15am – Q&A: Bringing Mindfulness Into Your Personal Life & Mentoring Program 
Presenter: Angie Barger (Somatic Mindfulness Practitioner) Angie’s Bio
Description: 
We invite you to bring your thoughts on how you might be inspired to bring mindfulness into your personal life as a mentoring coordinator, and how we can offer brief transitional mindfulness practices during meetings and mentoring sessions. Bring your questions, as well. Angie will share the Twinfield Mindfulness website, that is being developed for members of this school community, and which you can access for simple start-up mindfulness practices. Additional mindfulness resources to get you and members of your community started with simple mindfulness practices will also be provided. See you there. 

10:30am-12:00pm – WORKSHOP: Youth Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Presenter: Kheya Ganguly (Director of Trauma Prevention and Resilience Development at the State of Vermont) Kheya’s Bio
Description: A presentation and conversation about the state of youth mental health in Vermont, how the pandemic has impacted youth, and how mentoring programs can best support the youth they serve. 

12:30-1:30pm – PEER DISCUSSION: Rethinking Matching by Gender
Description: 
This will be an open discussion about matching practices based on gender. What is your program’s policy for matching? How is acknowledgment of gender included in this policy – if at all? How can we ensure that matching policies and practices are inclusive, particularly of individuals identifying as transgender and individuals who are gender nonconforming?

2:00-3:00pm – PEER DISCUSSION: Winter is Coming – Continuing to Adjust to COVID
Description: 
Join us as we discuss the adjustments programs are making at this point in the pandemic. Do you foresee any changes to your guidelines once youth five years and older are able to be vaccinated? How will you advise mentors as it gets colder and meeting outdoors becomes less feasible?