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Advocate for Mentoring in Your Community
Since 2006, the State of Vermont has supported statewide adult-to-youth mentoring programs through the Vermont Mentors! funding. Spurred by an appropriation of $250,000 for mentoring in 2006, the Agency of Human Services (AHS) and The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children entered into an innovative public-private partnership to advance the shared goal of increasing the quantity and quality of mentor matches throughout the state.
The Vermont Mentoring Funders Collaborative managed these funds from 2008 through 2012. In 2013, Mobius expanded into Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, in collaboration with the Vermont Department for Children and Families, the Permanent Fund, the A.D. Henderson Foundation, and mentoring programs around the state. Mobius now manages this funding through the Vermont Mentoring Grants process, the only mentoring-specific funding for more than 140 adult-to-youth mentoring programs in Vermont.
Since 2006, the $2.36 million in state funds invested in adult-to-youth through Vermont Mentors! has leveraged $3.5 million in additional non-governmental funding for mentoring in Vermont. 100 percent of the State funding goes directly to adult-to-youth mentoring programs. Thanks to the continued support of the A.D. Henderson Foundation and the Permanent Fund, Mobius is able to match the Vermont Mentors! funding with private dollars and grants adding up to more than $300,000 on a yearly basis.
The Vermont Mentors! funding decreased to $170,000 in 2011 and has remained level-funded in the State budget since then. In 2014, MENTOR (The National Mentoring Partnership) released its landmark study, The Mentoring Effect, which estimates that one in three young Vermonters will enter adulthood without having had a structured or informal mentor in their lives. That means that one in three youth have no adult they can turn to for support outside of their immediate family. Due to this great need for mentors for Vermont youth, it is imperative that Mobius increase the amount of funding available to mentoring programs across the state. In the coming year, we will be seeking to reinstate the Vermont Mentors! funding to its original level of $250,000, and you can help!
We encourage you to share your adult-to-youth mentoring success stories with your local state senators and representatives. By letting our legislators know that this money is being well spent and helping youth across the state, we can continue to receive and hopefully increase this important funding source.
You can find a list of your local legislators and their contact information at the Vermont General Assembly website.
Do you have further questions about how to advocate for mentoring to your legislators? We are happy to help support and guide your efforts. Email us or call (802) 658-1888.