Every child who needs a mentor
                           should have a mentor.

Now Accepting Applications for AmeriCorps VISTA Members 

VMP is currently seeking applications for AmeriCorps VISTA members for the 2016-2017 Cohort. Positions currently available include:
  • VMP VISTA Leader
  • VMP VISTA Mentor Program Coordinators 

Mentor Program Coordinators are instrumental in establishing, developing or building capacity for their assigned host mentoring organization. The VISTA member will design and implement a mentor recruitment and marketing program, launch and facilitate training initiatives, match and support mentors and mentees, and evaluate the program. 

VISTA positions are full-time, 40 hour/week and will be located at various sites throughout Virginia. Positions are available in Richmond; Charlottesville; Tidewater; Northern and Southwest Virginia. To learn more about the openings and to apply, click here

Mentor Meetup

Come and chat with VMP staff and other mentors about your mentoring experience during our June Mentor Meetup Session. This informal free session will allow new and experienced mentors an opportunity to come together and share their experiences, and assist VMP in learning more about how we can continue to support mentors in developing quality relationships. Beer, wine and light refreshments will be served.

When: Thursday, June 23rd, 5:30-7:00pm
Where: VMP Offices
         Science Museum of Virgnia
         2500 W. Broad St, Third Floor
         Richmond, VA 23220

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2500 W. Broad St, Third Floor
Richmond, VA 23220
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Complete State of Mentoring Survey for a Chance to Win $500 for Your Program

In collaboration with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, VMP is launching the 2016 National Mentoring Program SurveyThis is a chance for VMP to capture a snapshot of mentoring activity in Virginia. Why is this important? The data collected through these efforts will help MENTOR and VMP:
  • Design more effective trainings to meet your organization's needs
  • Target new investments that can fill gaps in services in high need communities or for specific groups of children
  • Provide more detail about community needs and gaps for recruitment campaigns, advocacy, and funding efforts for the field
In appreciation of your part in this data collection effort, we're sweetening the deal with an incentive: your program will be entered in a drawing to win a cash prize (winner is $500, second place is $250) that can use towards program supplies or activities for the youth you serve. Please allow approximately 30 minutes for completion - The survey also has a save feature that will allow you to return to the page later. 

The regional, state-wide, and national reports resulting from these efforts will be sent to programs to help inform their programming, recruitment, communications, advocacy, and fundraising requests. Click here to complete the survey.

Call for Presenter Proposals for National Mentoring Summit

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is seeking proposals for workshop presentations at the 2017 National Mentoring Summit taking place February 1-3, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 

The seventh annual National Mentoring Summit will explore the the essential role relationships play in mentoring and will bring together nearly 1,000 individuals who represent the mentoring movement, including practitioners, researchers,  Mentoring Partnerships,  corporate and philanthropic partners,  and government and civic leaders.

Deadline for submission is June 24, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Proposals will be reviewed according to the criteria outlined by a workshop review committee made up of MENTOR, affiliate Mentoring Partnership staff, and other select partners. Click here to submit a proposal. 

A Mentor's Role in Promoting Health and Wellness
As the weather warms up and young people spend more time outside, now is a great time for mentors to consider their role in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.  This month, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is featuring stories about how positive mentoring relationships can influence wellness. These include:
  • Reasons why sports are a perfect platform for mentoring
  • Helping youth sports coaches elevate their mission
  • Mentoring through physical education
Visit MENTOR's blog to learn more about these topics and many others.

The Importance of Closure

For many mentoring programs, this is the time of year during which mentor-mentee matches come to a close.  VMP would like to provide a couple tips and reminders as you prepare to either take a break during the summer months or end the mentoring relationship:

  • Talk to your program coordinator. Most programs have a closure procedure in place. If you are unsure about how to talk to your mentee about the end of the relationship, use your program coordinator as a resource.
  • Check in with your mentee. How are they feeling about the match closing? Reflect on your time together and share your favorite memories.
  • Promise only what you can commit to. If you can continue the mentoring relationship the next school year, let your mentee know and check-in with them to ensure this is what they would like as well. If you are unsure about making this commitment, share with your mentee that you not be able to continue, and why (potential changes in schedule, an upcoming move, etc). 
  • What to do about future contact? Follow all program polices as they relate to continuing contact with your mentee after the mentoring program has ended. Obtaining parental permission for ongoing contact is important. 
If you are a program coordinator and want to learn more about programmatic procedures to help matches close on a positive note, check out the Elements of Effective PracticeNeed help developing closure procedures for your program? Contact us to learn more about how VMP can provide resources and guidance through the technical assistance process.

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