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What is a mentor?
A mentor is an adult who volunteers to spend time with a young person as a friend. A mentor is also a role model, a responsible and reliable adult who cares about his or her mentee. A mentor is not a teacher, a counselor, a substitute parent, or a social worker. Being a mentor requires no special skills or talents; just the desire to make a difference in a young person’s life.
To learn more about a mentor’s role, please visit our Becoming a Mentor page.
Mentoring through an adult-to-youth mentoring program in Vermont is as simple as: at least one hour, once a week, for one year (or one school year). Mentoring is defined as a sustained relationship and friendship between a young person (5-22) and an adult in which the adult provides the young person with support and guidance. For some matches that means getting together once a week at school to read together. For other pairs it could mean meeting once a week to do something fun in the community, like hiking, cooking, or playing sports.
To learn more about the different types of mentoring opportunities that are available in Vermont, please visit our Types of Mentoring Programs page. We also encourage you to watch Sam and Ricky’s story from our Becoming a Mentor page.
Research consistently supports the position that all young people need and benefit from responsible, caring adults in their lives. Although positive, sustained relationships with parents represent a critical resource for youth, other adults can provide additional support to aid a young person’s development. Having a mentor can enhance a youth’s learning skills and help build self-esteem and self-control. Youth with mentors are less likely to engage in risky behavior with drugs and alcohol, and are more likely to become productive members of society. Mentoring is a proven strategy for positive youth development. For more information, we encourage you to visit our Benefits of Mentoring page.
Mentors often say that they get more out of their mentoring experience than their mentees do. They perceive the experience of being identified as a mentor and the process of mentoring in highly positive terms. Mentoring allows them to make sense of their own past experiences and current challenges, gain insight into the day-to-day lives of youth, and develop positive, more reciprocal relationships with youth in their community.
Mobius was created in 2003 as an umbrella organization designed to support, increase, and enhance the services of the many different youth mentoring programs throughout Chittenden County. Mobius’ service area expanded statewide in 2013, when it became Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership. For more information about Mobius’ history, please visit the History of Mobius page.
Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, works to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. We provide various services to mentoring programs, including funding for new and existing mentoring programs, ongoing technical support, raising public awareness of mentoring, and assistance in connecting volunteers with mentoring opportunities in their area.
For more information about the services Mobius provides, please visit the Statewide Mentoring Goals page.
Most mentoring programs in Vermont will accept youths as mentees if they are referred by a teacher or counselor. In some cases, for example if a program is run by a youth center, the kid may need to already be a part of a program at that organization. We encourage you to use our statewide directory of mentoring programs to access program and contact information for mentoring opportunities in your area. If you are unable to find a program for the youth, you may reach out to us directly to see if we can help: email@example.com.
Mobius provides start-up funding for youth mentoring programs through funds from the State of Vermont, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, and the A.D. Henderson Foundation. You can search our Vermont Mentoring Grants page for information about current funding opportunities that might be applicable to your organization or school. We offer consultation services prior to starting a program, and we also provide ongoing technical support and resources.
Mobius is grateful for the generous donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations that help us serve the mentoring need in Vermont. With your help, we can reach our goal of expanding the reach of mentoring to every corner of the state. For more information about how you can support Mobius, and the Vermont mentoring movement, please visit our Make a Donation page.
Mobius is the state affiliate of MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership. Through this national affiliation, Mobius is able to offer mentoring programs in Vermont valuable resources such as the Elements of Effective Practice quality standards, free professional development webinars, access to national mentoring conferences, and public awareness materials and opportunities during National Mentoring Month.
For more information about Mobius’ affiliation with MENTOR, please visit the Affiliation with MENTOR page.
Mobius works with various partners in the community to find and share opportunities for mentors and mentees, most notably through the Mentor Discount Card program. Mobius’ Mentor Discount Card currently allows mentors and mentees throughout the state to receive discounts at more than 50 local businesses, including movie theatres, restaurants, and sporting venues.
Mobius also helps mentors connect with activities and events throughout the state through our online mailing list and social media channels.
Want to stay connected with the statewide mentoring community? Visit our Sign-Up Page to join our online mailing list and receive Vermont’s Mentoring Newsletter.
For more information, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please pass on what you’ve learned to someone else who might be interested in learning more about what we do here at Mobius. Help us continue to expand the reach of mentoring in Vermont!