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One in three kids in Vermont will enter adulthood without having a structured or informal adult mentor in their lives. Mentors, like Mark Johnson, can play a critical role in helping a young person succeed.
Mark, who mentors through the King Street Center’s Junior Senior Buddies program, was matched with his mentee, Frank, when Frank was 12. “I soon found out he was smarter than his grades showed, and challenged him to do better,” says Mark. “Frank accepted the challenge.”
Mark, as many mentors do, stuck with Frank as he transitioned into his teenage years. “Having a mentor for more than one year has been a wonderful and positive experience for me,” says Frank. “I have never really had a father figure growing up, due to the fact that I grew up in a single parent house.”
Mark and the King Street staff remained a constant source of support and guidance throughout high school, and in helping Frank figure out his next steps, including researching post-secondary options and identifying financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
Frank’s journey has not been without its ups and downs, but Mark has been there every step of the way for the past nine and a half years, encouraging and pushing him to succeed. “Whether it was asking for advice, helping me out a lot with homework (like college essays), or even just needing someone to talk to, Mark has been there to help me out through all of my challenges,” says Frank.
Today, Frank is on track to receive his degree from the New England Culinary Institute, and is finishing his second internship at Honey Road restaurant in Burlington, which plans to hire him after graduation. “It has been a pleasure to see Frank grow, avoid trouble, fight through distractions, and become a young man who makes all of us in the Frank-village happy and proud,” says Mark.
Mobius believes that, like Frank, every young person who wants a mentor should have that opportunity, from their early school years until they successfully enter adulthood. As a capacity-building organization, Mobius works to ensure that mentoring programs like King Street’s have the resources and support necessary to foster these life-changing relationships and best meet the needs of the youth in their community. We are working diligently with mentoring programs across Vermont to improve quality and expand capacity.
We cannot do this important work without your help. Please consider making a donation to support Mobius and Vermont youth, because every child in need should have a mentor like Mark in their life.
How Do I Donate?
Recurring & Single Online Donations:
Donations by Mail:
Please send a check addressed to Mobius Inc. to:
Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership
19 Marble Avenue, Suite 4
Burlington, VT 05401
Click Here for Information On How to Make a Stock, Bond or Mutual Fund Donation.
Mobius, Inc. (Employer Identification Number 02-0658483) is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, so donations are tax-deductible.
The Impact of Your Support
$100 helps Mobius add an additional business to the Mobius Mentor Discount Card, a resource that allows youth and their mentors to experience activities in their community at a reduced cost.
$250 makes one month of Vermont’s Mentoring Newsletter possible.
$500 allows Mobius to provide hands-on technical support to a mentoring program in need of assistance.
$1,000 covers the monthly cost of the Vermont Mentoring Database, a program management system that allows mentoring coordinators to track critical information about their matches.
$2,500 helps one mentoring agency complete the Quality Mentoring System process and meet nationally-recognized best practices.
$5,000 supports the start-up of a new adult-to-youth mentoring program in an underserved area of Vermont.
Gifts of Stock, Bonds, and Mutual Funds
Giving stock to Mobius is a great way to increase your support of youth mentoring in Vermont.
When you donate securities held longer than one year, you avoid paying capital gains taxes and receive a charitable deduction for the full market value of the stock. Additionally, gifts of appreciated assets are deductible up to 30% of your adjusted gross income, and any excess may be carried over for use in future tax years.
The following information will enable your broker to facilitate an electronic transfer of stock:
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC
DTC Number: 0015
For Benefit of: Mobius
Account Number: 383-109792
Tax ID: 02-0658483
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC
Physical Address: 105 West View Road, 5th Floor, Colchester, VT 05446
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1095, Burlington, VT 05402-1095
Attn: Annie Strout
Phone: (802) 652-6011
To ensure proper credit, please contact Chad Butt when you make a gift.
By phone: (802) 658-1888
By email: Chad@mobiusmentors.org