In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MENTOR Vermont hosted the Vermont Mentoring Symposium virtually, through Zoom, across the week of September 28th – October 2nd. We are currently planning for the 2021 Symposium, which will also take place virtually, during the week of October 18th.
Use the sections below to learn more about last year’s event, sessions, and presenters!
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 a keynote speaker, workshop tracks dedicated to current and important topics, and opportunities for the mentoring community to get to know one another.
In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MENTOR Vermont hosted the event virtually, through Zoom, across the week of September 28th – October 2nd.
The 2020 Virtual Vermont Mentoring Symposium took place throughout the week of September 28th – October 2nd. Below is a chronological schedule. View the other sections below for more detailed information on sessions and presenters.
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Welcome (MENTOR Vermont Executive Director Chad Butt)
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Workshop: Motivational Interviewing (Jessica Guardado, Rutland Regional Medical Center)
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Keynote Address (Dr. David Anderson, Child Mind Institute) – Supporting youth in the time of COVID: Strategies to build relationships and better manage stress and uncertainty
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Peer-Led Session: Family Engagement (Gabriella Tufo Strouse, King Street Center)
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Peer-Led Session: Race, Anti-Racism, and You (Kheya Ganguly, United Counseling Service)
3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Peer-Led Session: Mentor Recruitment (Pat Daddona, Windsor County Mentors)
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Peer-Led Session: School-Based Mentoring (Pam Quinn, Twinfield Together Mentoring)
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. TA Provider Session: New Mentoring Program Support (Pam Quinn, Twinfield Together Mentoring)
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Peer-Led Session: Creating Community in Online Training (Rebecca Majoya, Spectrum Mentoring)
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Workshop: Growth Mindset and Assets-Based Approaches (Professor Katherine Farber)
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Workshop: Growing Your Fundraising Program (Jennifer Hayslett)
1:00 to 1:30 p.m. TA Provider Session: Most Important Sentence in the World (Chris Hultquist, Mentor Connector)
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Peer-Led Session: Resources for Pairs Choosing to Meet Remotely (Stephanie Ball, Spectrum Mentoring)
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Peer-Led Session: Supporting In-Person Mentoring During COVID (Bobbi Jo Stellato, Mentor Connector, and Gabriella Tufo Strouse, King Street Center)
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Workshop: Future Exploration Guide for Mentors (Kathi Terami, Careers CLiC, and Chad Butt, MENTOR Vermont)
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Peer-Led Session: The Value of Match Support (Kimberley Diemond, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont)
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. First Look: The Vermont Mentoring Hub (Benji Thurber, MENTOR Vermont)
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Presenter Name: David Anderson, PhD
Session: Supporting Youth in the Time of COVID: Strategies to Build Relationships and Better Manage Stress and Uncertainty
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 29 – 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Dave Anderson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the Senior Director of National Programs and Outreach at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Anderson specializes in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with ADHD, behavior, anxiety, and mood disorders. Child Mind Institute school-based programs directed by Dr. Anderson have provided clinical interventions, social-emotional skill building, professional development, and workshops for more than 45,000 students, educators, and parents. Dr. Anderson frequently lectures and leads workshops on a variety of topics for parents, educators, and policymakers, and he has contributed to television and print media for organizations such as ABC, Time, CBS, Fox, CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Times, and NPR. Dr. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University.
Mentoring program participants can access recordings of each workshop and other downloadable resources through the Vermont Mentoring Hub.
Presenter Name: Jessica Guardado
Session: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
Date and Time: Monday, September 28 – 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Opportunity to learn conversation style and approach that can help open dialogue and roll with resistance when speaking with mentees.
Jessica Guardado LICSW, LADC is the social work manager at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Jessica became passionate about serving the addiction population when she began volunteering at a homeless shelter while in college. Despite earning her undergraduate degree in Economics from Boston College, Guardado’s work with homeless men and women struggling with addiction in Chicago encouraged her to return to attain her Master’s in Social Work from Boston College. Guardado worked to provide care without judgement for those seeking medication assisted treatment at Boston Health Care for the Homeless and currently in Vermont at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Her training on motivational interviewing has allowed her to advocate for increased education and language in direct care settings and to reduce stigma and increase compliance for clients struggling with ambivalence.
Presenter Name: Katherine Farber
Session: Growth Mindset and Assets-Based Approaches
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 30 – 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Description: A 90-minute, interactive workshop that provides a review of the concepts of growth mindset and asset-based pedagogies, reflection, and collaboration time about these concepts, equity and trauma-informed considerations, and practices, activities, and approaches to use in work with mentors and mentees.
Katy Farber, Ed.D, is an educator, teacher coach, researcher and writer from Vermont. She is the author of four books about education: Why Great Teachers Quit and How We Might Stop the Exodus; and Change the World with Service Learning: How to Create, Lead and Assess Service Learning Projects; and its new edition, Real and Relevant: a guide for service and project based learning, released in June 2017, and Personalized Learning for the Middle Grades (2019), co-authored with Penny Bishop and John Downes. Her writing has been published on CNN’s School of Thought blog, Educational Leadership, Edutopia, Huffington Post and the Synapse.
Presenter Name: Jennifer Hayslett
Session: Growing Your Fundraising Program
Date and Time: Thursday, October 1 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: In this highly interactive workshop you will learn some tips and tools to build your confidence in attracting support for your mentoring organization. We will focus on how to engage mentors and other volunteers in building your organization’s fundraising capacity.
Jenn brings 25 years of leadership experience as a successful fundraiser, manager, facilitator and trainer to her work as a coach and nonprofit consultant. Her specialty is in building and improving relationship-based fundraising programs. As a leadership and professional development coach, Jenn specializes in partnering with Boards, Executive Directors, Development Directors, and other nonprofit staff members develop clear goals and design action plans to achieve them. Jenn has direct experience in all areas of fundraising and marketing for small to mid-sized nonprofits including annual funds, major gift solicitation and stewardship, capital campaigns, grant writing, community organizing, and volunteer management. Jenn’s engaging presentation style makes her a highly-rated trainer and presenter. She is the lead trainer and creator of the Fundraising and Development Certificate, a 6-month intensive hands-on program, which includes peer learning and individualized coaching. Jenn received her coach training through Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is a certified trainer, facilitator and consultant.
Presenter Names: Kathi Terami (Careers CLiC) and Chad Butt (MENTOR Vermont)
Session: Future Exploration Guide for Mentors
Date and Time: Friday, October 2 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: MENTOR Vermont and Careers CLiC are working together to create 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 offer an overview of the resource, sample sections of the guide, and discuss how to best roll out this resource to mentoring programs.
Presenter Name: Benji Thurber (MENTOR Vermont)
Session: First Look: The Vermont Mentoring Hub
Date and Time: Friday, October 2 – 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Description: This fall, MENTOR Vermont is launching a new virtual platform called the Vermont Mentoring Hub. The Hub is intended to be an internal and interactive place of gathering, networking, and sharing of ideas and resources for the Vermont mentoring program community and MENTOR Vermont. Join us for a tour of the system and to learn more about how your program can get involved.
Mentoring program participants can access downloadable resources related to each peer-led session through the Vermont Mentoring Hub.
Session: Family Engagement
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 29 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Gabriella Tufo Strouse, Director of Community Outreach at the King Street Center
Description: The role of the parent caregiver is important in the success of a match. Let’s come together to discuss how we can better engage families in the mentoring process.
Session: Talking about Race, Anti-Racism, and You
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 29 – 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Kheya Ganguly, Assistant Director of Youth and Family Services at United Counseling Service
Description: A safe and open discussion and place to ask questions about racism and Anti-Racism. Included will be strategies on how to be an Anti-Racist and methods of talking to youth about these topics.
Session: Mentor Recruitment
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 29 – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Patricia Daddona, Regional Coordinator, Windsor County Mentors
Description: “Mentor Locator.” Don’t you wish you had an app for that? Join us to brainstorm on how programs are recruiting new mentors and retaining others during the pandemic.
Session: School-Based Mentoring
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 30 – 10:00 to 11:00 a.m
Facilitator: Pam Quinn, Mentoring Director at the Twinfield Together Mentoring Program
Description: A time for school-based program coordinators to come together and discuss how they have adjusted their program this school year.
Session: Creating Community in Online Training
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 30 – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Rebecca Majoya, Mentoring Program Associate, Spectrum Mentoring
Description: I teach at Community College of Vermont and have been fortunate to have access to trainings on using ZOOM tools creatively. I have found these tools very useful in building a training that is engaging and enjoyable.
Session: Resources for Pairs Choosing to Meet Remotely
Date and Time: Thursday, October 1 – 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Stephanie Ball, Mentoring Director, Spectrum Mentoring
Description: Stephanie will lead a group discussion centered around the resources and support we can offer pairs who choose to meet remotely. How do we, as program staff, help sustain their sense of connection when they do not feel safe or ready to meet in person? How can mentors provide a sense of stability remotely in such an uncertain environment? We will spend time answering these questions together and sharing resources and activities our pairs have been taking part in. Please bring questions to the group and be prepared to share what has worked well for your program and your pairs! Can’t wait to learn from and with you all!
Session: Supporting In-Person Mentoring During COVID
Date and Time: Thursday, October 1 – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Bobbi Jo Stellato, Mentoring Director, The Mentor Connectorand Gabriella Tufo Strouse, Community Outreach Director at the King Street Center
Description: In this new reality figuring out what to do with your mentee can be difficult. Come discuss how we can best support our in-person mentoring matches in finding safe activities to do and how in-person mentoring will need to change as the weather turns colder.
Session: The Value of Match Support
Date and Time: Friday, October 2 – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Kimberley Diemond, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont
Description: An open discussion in match support’s role in relationship building, program liability, and family/mentor/mentee support.
Learn more about receiving technical assistance from Pam, Chris, or another TA provider through the National Mentoring Resource Center.
Session: New Mentoring Program Support
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 30 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
TA Provider: Pam Quinn, Mentoring Director at the Twinfield Together Mentoring Program
Description: For anyone looking to start a new mentoring program or recently started a mentoring program. A time to discuss and learn the aspects and pitfalls in starting a new mentoring program.
Session: Most Important Sentence in the World
Date and Time: Thursday, October 1 – 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.
TA Provider: Chris Hultquist, Executive Director at the Mentor Connector
Description: In 30 minutes, this interactive and engaging session will assist learners to design their “Most Important Sentence In The World”, a clear descriptive summary of their mission and impact. This one sentence is critical for focusing programming, recruiting mentors, and attracting donors.