Every child who needs a mentor
                           should have a mentor.

Apply for Free Technical Assistance

Funded by OJJDP and managed by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the goal of the NMRC is to pair evidence-based practices with training and technical assistance to help improve quality of mentoring programs all across the nation. 

The NMRC also provides free technical assistance to mentoring programs around their individual needs. VMP serves as a technical assistance provider to mentoring programs that apply for and are approved to receive this no-cost benefit. Click here to fill out a request. 

We hope you will consider using this new free service--and working with VMP staff in a new way! Questions? Email Elizabeth Bass at elizabeth@vamentoring.org

1000 Young Men Success Conference
Date:   Saturday, April 25


Time: 10:00am-2:00pm


Place:  Mt. Gilead FGIM

                  2501 Mt. Gilead Blvd

             Richmond, VA 23235


The mission of The 1000 Young Men Success Conference is to inspire 1000 young men to stay in school, plan for success and graduate on time by providing information to contribute to their educational, moral and civic success. In this free conference, 1000 young men will gather to be trained in the areas of moral values, educational success and civic responsibility. Interested in learning more, volunteering, or helping to spread the word? Visit the conference website or email Dwayne Bennett, Conference Coordinator and VMP Trainer. 


Survey for Mentees--Receive a Gift Card!

Youth-Nex at U.Va. wants to hear from mentees about how mentoring helps. They are looking for participants to complete a survey; mentees will each receive a $10 gift card to Walmart. 

Eligible mentees need to be between the ages of 10 and 18, and in a mentoring relationship for at least 3 months in the last two years. There is no limit on participants from one organization. 

For mentees to participate, click here to sign in and complete the survey.

For more information about the study, email Nora Arkin and nma8ht@virginia.edu.


VMP Welcomes New Director of Programs

We are thrilled to welcome Rose Marie Wiegandt to the VMP team as our new director of programs!  She joins us after a long tenure with Communities in Schools of Richmond, most recently serving as the program director for elementary schools. Rose Marie has more than a decade of non-profit and school community experience, and knows firsthand the power of mentoring. She brings a wealth of knowledge, as well as great training skills and fantastic relationships in our community and beyond. Get to know VMP's newest team member with a little Q & A!

What are you most looking forward to about your new role as Director of Programs?
"I am really looking forward to connecting with our program partners and their mentors, and figuring out the best way that I can support them to help strengthen their mentoring programs."

Tell us about a time that you have been a mentor and what it has meant to you.

"One of my favorite moments of being a mentor to Marcus was being invited to his high school graduation. After the ceremony, he said "Ms. W., I don't know if I would have gotten here if you were not there to support me." That meant the world to me, being a small part of his success, and helping him see that his future is bright. Mentoring brings a lot of gratitude, both for the mentor and the mentee."

What do you like to do when you are not working at VMP? 
"Most of all, I love to hang out with my son! I also enjoy going to yoga classes, and I love to be outside and get out on the river."

Rose Marie can be reached at rosemarie@vamentoring.org or 804-828-1536. She looks forward to connecting with all of our partners and friends very soon!

Virginia Mentoring Awards & Conference - Thank You!

Thank you to our sponsors, program partners, supporters and friends for joining us at the 2015 Virginia Mentoring Awards & Conference on March 19th at the Jefferson Hotel. Over 250 volunteer mentors, mentoring program representatives, and business leaders attended to celebrate mentoring in Virginia. 

Congratulations to Tim Grimes of AMP! Metro Richmond, Robert Sowell from Fairfax County Public Schools, and Higher Achievement Richmond, and thank you for your dedication. You are changing lives through your work. 

Click here to check out photos from the day.

Do What You Do, Better

Virginia Mentoring Partnership offers a variety of resources on how to start, maintain, and sustain mentoring programs.  
Take a look at the variety of upcoming trainings offered for mentoring program staff, to help build the foundation for strong programs or enhance your current practices:

  • Supporting Mentors to Create Longer & Stronger Matches                                                                     May 13th, 1pm-5pm Learn more and register here.
  • Is My Program Making an Impact? Evaluation Demystified                                                                June 10th 9:30am-4:30pm Learn more and register here.

Questions? Want to schedule a training for your mentors? Email Long Nguyen or call 804-828-1536


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Richmond, VA 23220
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