Virginia Mentoring Awards & Conference
Thank you to all who joined us for the 12th Annual Virginia Mentoring Awards & Conference. Congratulations to the honorees and thank you to our sponsors for making the event a success!
Click here to view and download photos from the event.
Americorps VISTA
In March, local VISTA members attended the Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service. We are grateful for their work building capacity of mentoring programs across Virginia! Click here to learn more about VMP's VISTA Mentoring Program.
VMP is currently in the final stages of the selection process for VISTA host sites, so stay tuned for the announcement of programs to host a VISTA! 
Do you know an individual who would be interested in a VISTA position? VMP is currently accepting applications for VISTAs for sites across the state and in the VMP office. Check out our VISTA blog to learn more about the experience, and view available positions here!  
State of Mentoring in Virginia Highlights areas of Need


At the Virginia Mentoring Awards, VMP released the
which highlights the need for mentoring in some areas of the state. The report also indicates that more than 1,300 young people are on formal waiting lists and that 71% of youth waiting for mentors are young men. VMP will use these findings to proactively provide services to mentoring/youth-service programs in areas of high need and provide training to mentoring program staff in the area of mentor recruitment and program evaluation.


Support Quality Mentoring

Happy Spring from the Virginia Mentoring Partnership!

Like many of you, the VMP staff has been doing some spring cleaning around our office. Have you considered "spring cleaning" for mentors or mentoring programs? Taking time to assess your program or mentor-mentee relationship this spring can help you understand how you're making an impact and identify areas for growth and improvement.

Need new strategies for how to run your program effectively? Attend one of VMP's upcoming trainingsOr make an appointment with Rebekah Holbrook to talk aboutAmeriCorps VISTAQuality-Based Membership or how to start a mentoring program. 

Mentors! Need a listening ear or new mentor-mentee activity ideas? Contact Dwayne Bennett, VMP's Trainer and Mentor Support Specialist for ongoing support in your mentor-mentee relationship.

We look forward to hearing from you!
-VMP Staff

VMP Welcomes Corey Humphrey!

Corey Humphrey joined VMP in February as Director of Development.

What are you most excited about or looking forward to in your work with VMP?

I've been blown away by the team of dedicated people that I've joined at VMP. We have a smart, dynamic group here and everyone is clearly passionate about their work. VMP is an exciting place to come every day because this energy is apparent and powerful. I can sense that VMP's Board, volunteers, and the AmeriCorps VISTA members that we place at programs around Virginia share the same passion about our mission and vision.   

I'm also looking forward to helping increase brand awareness for VMP around Richmond and in other parts of our commonwealth. I enjoy being involved in the Richmond community and building new personal and professional relationships, so I believe I am in the perfect role to help raise VMP's profile and reputation in the Richmond area and beyond. 

What are some things you like to do outside of work?

I have a wonderful group of friends in RVA that help keep me energized outside of work. I enjoy staying active so I play on an indoor soccer team, a touch football team with a group of friends, and have done Seal Team PT off-and-on for several years. I also play some guitar on my own and host an occasional informal jam session with a few friends. Otherwise you'll find me at one of the many RVA festivals, farmers markets, or trying out the newest restaurant in town.


Corey, we're glad to have you on our team! 

Quality Based Membership 
Four Virginia Mentoring Programs Earn Partner Member Status


Four Virginia mentoring programs recently earned Partner Member status through the Virginia Mentoring Partnership's Quality-Based Membership Initiative. These programs include Computers4Kids of Charlottesville, Communities in Schools of Chesterfield, Higher Achievement of Richmond and Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Richmond & Tri-Cities. Quality-Based Membership is a rigorous assessment and enhancement process that connects research to the daily practices of existing mentoring programs here in Virginia. 


Click here to learn more about Affiliate Membership and VMP's Quality-Based Membership process. 

Upcoming Trainings

Mentor Recruitment & Marketing for Mentoring & Youth Service Programs
May 21, 1pm-5 pm
Screening & Training Mentors
June 18, 9:30am-4:30pm
Elements of Effective Practice Overview
July 16, 9am-12:30pm
Match Support Training
August 20, 1pm-5pm
Fundraising for Mentoring Programs
September 17, 1pm-5pm
Evaluation Demystified: How to Measure the Impact of Your Mentoring Program
October 22, 9:30am-4:30pm
Elements of Effective Practice Overview
November 19, 9:30am-12:30pm

For more details and descriptions of each training, visit VMP's website.
To request training for your mentoring program, contact Vincent White.

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Virginia Mentoring Partnership
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Richmond, VA 23220
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