2018 Vermont Mentoring Symposium

On June 4th Mobius will host the third annual Vermont Mentoring Symposium, at the Waterbury State Office Complex! This is the only professional development and networking opportunity of its kind focused on youth mentoring in Vermont and brings together mentoring program staff, board members, and supporters from across the state. This year the Symposium will feature a keynote address from David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR (The National Mentoring Partnership) and workshop tracks dedicated to supporting youth in exploring post-secondary education, adverse childhood experiences and trauma-informed care, and  strengthening  mentoring program operations. 

This year’s schedule of events will include (subject to minor changes):

9:00-9:30 – Registration
9:30-9:40 – Welcome: Ken Schatz (Commissioner of DCF)
9:40-10:00 – State of Mentoring in Vermont and Who is in the Room? (Chad Butt, E.D. of Mobius)
10:00-10:45 – Keynote Address: David Shapiro (CEO of MENTOR)
11:00-12:30 – Workshop Session 1
12:30-1:15 – Lunch
1:30-3:00 – Workshop Session 2
3:15-4:45 – Large Group Facilitated Discussions
4:45-5:00 – Closing

Register for the event here.


Registration will close May 25th. 


Workshop Session 1

Neurodiversity in Mentoring 
Creating a better awareness and understanding of the neurodiverse community we live in and how to best support neurodiversity mentees and mentors.

Fundraising: You Can Do It!
This workshop will focus on helping you feel comfortable and confident as a fundraiser for your program. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of the basics of fundraising methods and theory, learn about the most cost-effective types of fundraising for your needs, and get some basic tools that you can use right away.

Post-Secondary Opportunities Besides College (Post-Secondary Track)
This workshop will explore the post-secondary opportunities for youth in Vermont besides four-year college. What the options are, how youth can access them, and why they are important.

Workshop Session 2

Adverse Childhood Experiences
This workshop is an introduction into the concept of Adverse Childhood Experiences. It will include the viewing of the film Resilience and a short panel discussion.  

How to Make Your Mentoring Program Successful
This workshop is meant for newer program staff. With limited staff time it can be hard to figure out where to focus your efforts. We will discuss what areas of your mentoring program are the most important to ensure your program will be successful.

College Access and Support (Post-Secondary Track)
How to best support mentees that wish to pursue college and help them be successful once enrolled.


Large Group Facilitated Discussion

Life After High School (Post-Secondary Track)
How can mentoring programs in Vermont collaborate to better support mentees in their post-high school plans?

ACEs: What Do We Do Now?
What is/should the role of mentoring programs in Vermont be in combating Adverse Childhood Experiences and providing trauma informed care?
*If you intend to attend this session and are not familiar with ACEs, we highly encourage you to attend the Adverse Childhood Experience workshop.


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Symposium Supporter Sponsors 

 Click here to see a recap of the 2017 Vermont Mentoring Symposium.