Every child who needs a mentor
                           should have a mentor.

Upcoming Trainings
As mentoring programs prepare for the academic year, make sure your mentors are well-trained and prepared for their relationships. VMP's New Mentor Training covers relationship building, communication techniques, boundary setting, and positive youth development.

Trainings open to the general public will be held:
  • September 6th, 5:30-8pm
  • September 13th, 5:30-8pm
  • September 20th, 5:30-8pm
  • September 27th, 5:30-8pm
Click here to learn more and register.  Want to schedule a private, on-site training for your program? Fill out a request form here.

Webinar Opportunity: Evaluation

Every  mentoring  program wants to prove that their work with youth is effective and life-changing.  The challenge is how?  Learn from the experts on evaluating  mentoring 's outcomes and impact by signing up for this free online webinar, part of MENTOR's Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series.

Topic:  Capturing Youth Outcomes: An Introduction to the Measurement Guidance Toolkit for Mentoring Programs.
When: September 15th, 1-2:15pm

Link to Learning

For many mentoring programs, recruitment season is in full swing. When describing mentoring to potential volunteers, it can be helpful to provide some statistics and research about the benefits of mentoring. Click here for a helpful summary of the value and need for mentoring.

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Virginia Mentoring Partnership
2500 W. Broad St, Third Floor
Richmond, VA 23220
Deadline to Receive No-Cost Technical Assistance
Are you looking to enhance your mentoring program practices? VMP can provide technical assistance, or one-on-one consulting, to help build or fine-tune program practices. Currently, programs may access this service at no cost through the   National Mentoring Resource Center.  This resource is provided  by OJJDP and managed by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.  

Apply now to ensure your program can take advantage of this free resource while it is available. The deadline to apply for these technical assistance services is September 30th

Mentors Wanted

Are you seeking a mentoring opportunity in your area? Check out the programs below!

A Space of Her Own (SOHO) - Richmond
The Visual Arts Center is recruiting mentors for their yearlong mentorship program, A Space of Her Own. SOHO pairs 12 sixth grade girls-all of whom attend Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School-with 12 women for a year of mentorship and art-making. Mentors meet on Thursday nights from September to May. Click here to learn more about the program - Applications are due September 9th. 

Department of Juvenile Justice Re-entry Program - Richmond
The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice is seeking additional mentors to serve more youth in the community that need support. If you have a desire to assist those youth that have made bad choices in life or just need guidance in making better decisions, they need you! To learn more and apply, Please contact Sasha Davenport at 804-337-5159 or sasha.davenport@djj.virginia.gov.

Is your program looking for mentors? Let us know if you'd like to be featured in next month's newsletter! Don't forget to make sure your program is listed in the Mentoring Connector database in order to receive referrals of potential volunteers.

Congratulations to Our Prize Winners - Complete the State of Mentoring Survey for Another Chance to Win

Thank you to the many programs that have already completed VMP's  2016 National Mentoring Program Survey, a data collection effort launched in partnership with MENTOR. We are pleased to announce our grand prize winners and the recipients of $500 and $250 for their program activities: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge (Charlottesville) and Befriend-A-Child (Fairfax).

Did you miss out? There's a chance to win another prize - one free training session for your program. Programs completing the survey between now and September 17th will be eligible for this prize. Make sure your program is counted in this important widespread data collection effort -  The regional, state-wide, and national reports resulting from these efforts will be sent to programs to help inform their programming, recruitment, communications, advocacy, and fundraising requests. Click here to complete the survey .

One Week Left to Support VMP's Fall Campaign
All Hands In

The board, staff and ambassadors of VMP are raising funds through  September 1st  in an online campaign to kick off the back to school season. Funds raised during this time will support VMP's goal of training an additional 
2000 mentors in the 2016-17 school year. 

VMP believes that cost should never be a barrier to someone becoming the best mentor they can be.  Your gift towards VMP's fall campaign will allow more adults to receive training in the basic best practices associated with more impactful, more sustainable mentoring relationships.

Thank you for your support!

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