Every child who needs a mentor
                           should have a mentor.

January is National Mentoring Month

The theme of the national campaign for January is Mentor in Real Life. VMP is currently scheduling local awareness efforts and events, to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Is your program preparing for National Mentoring Month? Looking for resources and strategies to share? MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership has assembled a toolkit with prepared messaging and templates for program use. You may also download print and digital campaign materials here.

During January, the national database of programs Mentoring Connector will be heavily promoted. Make sure your program is listed!

Apply for Free Technical Assistance

Are you looking to enhance your mentoring program practices? VMP can provide technical assistance to help build or fine-tune program practices. Currently, programs may access this service at no cost through the National Mentoring Resource CenterThis resource is provided by OJJDP and managed by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. 

To receive these services at no cost, click here to fill out a request. Questions? Email Director of Programs Rose Marie Wiegandt.

Link to Learning


Mentors may influence the lives of young people by nurturing certain qualities in their development process. Research indicates that encouraging eight core abilities in mentees has the greatest impact in transforming their lives. Check out this article by Marilyn Price Mitchell, Ph.D., featured in Psychology Today to learn more. 

For more research and information about the positive impact of mentoring, check out MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.

The Essentials: A Training for People Who Mentor Young Black Men & Boys 

This month, VMP hosted a training designed to promote discussion of race and issues of social equity. For a day and a half, VMP's training space was packed with a mix of program coordinators and mentors who engaged in thoughtful and challenging discussion regarding racial issues and their impact on young black men and boys. Thank you to Steve Vassor of Amped Strategies and Jen Lindwall for facilitating a thought-provoking and inspiring session. 

Didn't make the training? Stay tuned for VMP's 2016 training schedule. 

With Gratitude

This time of year, we are reminded to appreciate those who make a difference. VMP is thankful for the programs, volunteers, staff, and supporters of mentoring who do so much to promote mentoring and impact the lives of Virginia's youth. 

Thank you to volunteers who provide a consistent positive presence in the lives of youth. This training season, VMP trained more than 1,200 volunteers in the tools and preparation necessary to promote a high quality, sustainable match. We are grateful to all who participated! Check out our training calendar for additional dates for mentor training. 

Do you feel like you could benefit from more training in a specific topic? Feel free to let us know on January 21st at our next Mentor Meet-up, an informal social for mentors to express successes and challenges in their mentoring relationships. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of building your relationship!

Thank you to mentoring program staff for their hard work in implementing high quality practices. So far this year, VMP has provided over 100 hours of technical assistance to programs looking to improve their practices. To request technical assistance at no cost through the National Mentoring Resource Center, click here.  

VMP would like to express a special thank you to the programs in the final stages of completing the Quality Based Membership process: AMP! Metro Richmond, SOHO: Space of Her Own, Alexandria, Casa Chirilagua, BEST Kids, Henrico Heroes R.I.C.H.(Revealing Inner Character & Hope), and Power of One. These programs have committed to improving their quality in alignment with research-based standards. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to excellence!

Thank you to all of VMP's donors, funders, and sponsors for your generous contributions which allow us to partner with mentoring organizations and provide needed services. 

From the Amazing Raise participants to our annual event sponsors; from our new supporters to our dedicated longtime donors: we are grateful for your gifts that help sustain our work. 

Finally, we are thankful for our grant funding partners, who believe in the importance of VMP's role to ensure that mentoring for young people is high quality and high impact:
AltriaThe Dominion Foundation
Bank of America FoundationFlashpoint Funds
The Claude Moore Charitable FoundationGeorge J. and Effie L. Seay Foundation
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia

Midlothian Rotary Club

Corporation for National and Community ServiceRobins Foundation

The Genworth Foundation

The United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg

It's not too late to help VMP reach our 2015 goals! To contribute to the 2015 annual fund, click here.

Upcoming Trainings:
Make sure your program's mentors feel well informed and prepared for any challenges

New mentor trainings have been added to December's schedule!

Stay tuned to VMP's training page as we add sessions for 2016.

Program Spotlight: AMP! Metro Richmond

Every month, VMP will recognize the work and accomplishments of an outstanding program. Want us to feature your program's work? Let us know!

AMP! Metro Richmond is a school-based one-to-one mentoring program that operates in Henderson Middle School in Richmond's Northside neighborhood. AMP!'s mission is to connect students and mentors to amplify perspectives on what can be. 

AMP! mentors meet with students on Tuesdays at lunch (12:15-1pm) during Fall and Spring semesters. New volunteers are accepted through January, and male volunteers are especially needed. In addition, AMP! is seeking participants in the Road to Success College and Career Fair on Monday, April 11th from 5-7pmTo get involved, contact Program Coordinator Laura Leporati

Thank you to AMP! for their hard work and dedication to quality. The program is currently in the final stages of VMP's Quality Based Membership process (QBM), improving the quality of program practices in alignment with research-based standards for the mentoring field. To learn more about QBM, click here.

Save the Date
VMP's 14th Annual Virginia Mentoring Awards Luncheon & Conference, a celebration of outstanding mentors and mentoring programs across the state, will be held
Thursday, March 17th at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. We hope to see you there! 

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