SB Mentoring Program Awarded Mobius Grant

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Thursday January 28, 2016

Mobius recently awarded a $4,000 grant to the South Burlington School District to support the SB Mentoring Program. SB Mentoring is a school-based mentoring program that matches adult mentors with elementary and middle school youth mentees from the Chamberlin School, Orchard School, Rick Marcotte Central School, and the Frederick Tuttle Middle School. The program’s long-term vision is to support youth K-12 throughout the school district.

Mobius, now in its third year as Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, supports more than 140 adult-to-youth mentoring program sites that serve 2,300 mentor pairs throughout the state. Their goal is for all Vermont communities to be engaged in a culture of mentoring and be able to provide a mentor to every young person who wants one.

"We are so grateful to have received a grant from Mobius,” said SB Mentoring/Healthy Schools Coordinator Susie Merrick. “This funding is essential for building and sustaining our program and honoring our mission to allow young people to find their 'sparks': their passions and interests. We plan to use the funds to purchase creative materials for our young leaders and their mentors to use, replenish aging board games and crafts supplies, and sponsor our end-of-the-year Spring Celebration, which is attended by over 100 people.”

Through the 2015-2016 Vermont Mentoring Grants initiative, Mobius awarded 27 grants, totaling $327,715, to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. This funding will support 106 new and existing program sites and nearly 1,900 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont. The Vermont Mentoring Grants are made possible through funding support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation, The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, and the Vermont Agency of Human Services.

All grantees have committed to joining Mobius’ K-12 Mentoring Initiative by collaborating with our programs in their region to ensure that the youth they serve have the opportunity to continue meeting with their mentors through high school graduation. Additionally, grantees have completed the Quality Mentoring System (an assessment system developed by Mobius and MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership), and have validated that they are meeting all local and national program quality standards. Lastly, starting this grant year, all funded programs will use 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.