BURLINGTON — This fall, through the 2017-2018 Vermont Mentoring Grants, Mobius has awarded 33 grants, totaling $331,700, to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. This funding will support more than 100 new and existing program sites, and more than 1,800 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont.
“Mobius continues to be awed by the work that mentoring programs throughout Vermont are doing to support youth in their local communities,” said Mobius Executive Director Chad Butt. “We are grateful to be able to use this annual funding to continue to support long-time partners, while also working with new agencies in underserved regions.”
The Vermont Mentoring Grants are made possible each year through funding support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation, the Vermont Department for Children and Families, and the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children. The 2017-2018 grants will provide continuing support for established programs that demonstrate they meet best practices, and support programs in their first or second year of implementation. There is also a small amount of funding available that has not yet been granted to assist in the planning process for potential new programs.
All 2017-2018 grantees have committed to being partners in the Vermont K-12 Mentoring Initiative, a multi-year project, spearheaded by Mobius, to establish the statewide program infrastructure needed to allow youth the opportunity to be matched with a mentor from elementary school until they successfully enter adulthood.
Additionally, grantees, beyond their implementation phase, are required to demonstrate that they are meeting best practices through the Quality Mentoring System (a program assessment system developed by Mobius and MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership). Grantees will also continue to use the Vermont Mentoring Surveys common questions to survey their mentors and mentees, and track youth outcome data in the following key areas: resiliency; pro-social skills; future aspirations; connectedness to community; and attitude toward school.
Through the 2017-2018 Vermont Mentoring Grants, Mobius has awarded grants to 30 agencies, schools and districts/supervisory unions, and independent non-profits throughout the state, including:
Statewide: The DREAM Program; Everybody Wins! Vermont.
Multiple Counties: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont (Chittenden and Windham Counties); The Collaborative (Bennington, Windham, and Windsor Counties); Laraway Youth and Family Services (Caledonia, Lamoille, Orleans, and Washington Counties); Spectrum Mentoring/Spectrum Youth and Family Services (Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties); VSA Vermont (Chittenden and Washington Counties); and YDP Connections/The Youth Development Program (Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Lamoille, Rutland, Washington, and Windham Counties).
Addison County: Lincoln Mentors; Monkton Mentors; Mount Abraham Mentoring Program; and Starksboro Mentoring Program (all grants managed by the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union).
Bennington County: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County/United Counseling Service.
Caledonia County: JUMP Mentoring Program/Northeast Kingdom Youth Services.
Chittenden County: Connecting Youth Mentoring/Champlain Valley School District; Crossroads: Where Cultures Meet/Baba Tree International; Essex FriendCHIPS/Essex CHIPS; King Street Center’s Junior Senior Buddies; Milton Mentors/Milton Community Youth Coalition; and SB Mentoring/South Burlington School District.
Essex County: No programs applied.
Franklin County: Franklin County Caring Communities.
Grand Isle County: Grand Isle County Mentoring/Grand Isle Community Services.
Lamoille County: See Statewide and Multiple Counties sections above.
Orange County: The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley; and Randolph Area Mentoring Program/Randolph Area Mentoring.
Orleans County: See Statewide and Multiple Counties sections above.
Rutland County: The Mentor Connector.
Washington County: Cabot Connects Mentoring; Twinfield Together Mentoring Program; and Girls/Boyz First Mentoring/Washington Central Friends of Education.
Windham: See Multiple Counties sections above.
Windsor: Mentor and Buddy Program/Ottauquechee Community Partnership; and Windsor County Partners.
For more information about the Vermont Mentoring Grants and this year’s award recipients, please visit: www.mobiusmentors.org/vermont-mentoring-grants/2017-2018.