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Virginia Mentoring Awards
Save the date for the Annual Virginia Mentoring Awards 
March 20, 2014, 11:30am
The theme for 2014 is
"Learning from Quality Mentoring."
Join hundreds of other mentors and mentoring advocates as we celebrate outstanding mentors and mentoring programs. Keynote speaker David Shapiro, President and CEO of the National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and emcee Ros Taylor, Principal of Woodville Elementary School, will highlight the event. Stay tuned for the announcement of awardees later this month. Learn more about the awards event here. 
Call for Proposals for the 2014 Virginia Mentoring Conference
The 2014 Virginia Mentoring Conference, to be held on March 20, 2014, will feature workshops on mentoring and academics, mentoring in learning environments and/or quality mentoring practices. Interested in presenting a workshop? Submit a proposal today! Deadline for submissions is January 17. Look for registration for the conference later this month.
National Mentoring Summit

Join with hundreds of mentors and mentoring advocates across the country in celebrating and learning at the annual National Mentoring Summit. Attend sessions to expand your knowledge, network with other like-minded mentors and program coordinators, and visit with legislators and stakeholders. Learn more and register here
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Social Media Day 

Share what mentoring means to you by adding this badge to your Facebook page on January 9th. Be sure to tag VMP in your mentoring story!
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Letters to the Editor

Do you and your mentee love sharing your thoughts about mentoring?  How about doing so in a letter to the editor in your local paper (sans your mentee's last name) to coincide with Thank Your Mentor Day, January 16?
Use this link to submit your letters to the editor of Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
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Happy National Mentoring Month!


National Mentoring Month is an annual, concentrated burst of national and local media activity designed to raise awareness for mentoring and recruit individuals to mentor! As we highlight the role of mentors, we encourage others to learn how they too can become a part of this outstanding youth intervention strategy. For a complete list of January's events, visit our website

Thank you for all you do to support mentoring!

Take Action for Mentoring!
Thursday, January 16
Join VMP at the 2014 General Assembly on January 16th, 9am - 1pm to meet with legislators and help spread the word about the benefits of mentoring. Click here to register. Can't make it on the 16th?  We still need your help! Contact your local legislators today to raise awareness about mentoring. Click here for more information about getting involved.   

MLK Day Movie Screening 
Monday, January 20
VMP will be partnering with HandsOn Greater Richmond, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and the Science Museum to screen Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions. Troop 491 explores the themes of choices, chances, consequences, peer pressure, and the importance of role models through the story of a young boy coping with life in the inner city. There will be an audience-driven facilitated discussion with the filmmaker, Patrick Praheme Ricks, immediately following the movie. 
At this time, all available seats for the screening have been filled. To be added to the wait list for this event, sign up here or call VMP at 804-828-1536.

Quality Based Membership 
Applications due January 17
VMP is accepting applications for the next two cohorts of QBM, a quality improvement process for mentoring programs. Interested in learning more?  Watch a recent webinar on QBM to learn more. Apply today! The deadline for QBM applications has been extended to January 17th. For questions, contact Rebekah Holbrook, Director of Programs.



Mentoring 101: New Mentor Training
January 21, 2014, 6-8pm. New mentor trainings are held at VMP's office, located on the third floor of the Science Museum of Virginia (2500 W. Broad St, Richmond, VA). Register here.
The Science of Mentoring! Incorporating STEM Into Mentoring Activities
January 22, 1:00 pm OR 5:00 pm (select one) at the Science Museum of Virginia, Discovery Room. For mentors with mentees in 3rd - 5th grade, this program is designed to promote student engagement by conducting fun and engaging experiments at home with friends, mentors and family. Mentors will receive training and a backpack full of activities for their mentees. This training is presented in cooperation with the Science Museum of Virginia. Register here.
Building a Quality Mentoring Program
Two-day workshop, February 12 & 19, 2014, 9:30am - 3:30pm at the Science Museum of Virginia (2500 W. Broad St, Richmond, VA). Learn more and register here.
Programs Needed for Study
Drs. Janis Kupersmidt and Jean Rhodes of Innovation Research and Training are seeking mentoring programs to participate in a new research project: evaluating a web-based training program for pre-match mentors. The training program consists of three courses that focus on the skills and knowledge that new mentors need in order to develop effective relationships with their mentees. Click here to learn more. 

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Virginia Mentoring Partnership
2500 W. Broad St, Third Floor
Richmond, VA 23220

Virginia Mentoring Partnership is a 501 (c) 3 organization that is supported by grants, corporate donations, individual donations and in-kind services.  For more information or to support our organization please visit us at www.vamentoring.org.