At MENTOR Virginia, we always value youth voices, but this month we're uplifting the voices and power of youth who are the foundation and heart of mentoring relationships. Be inspired by youth who share their mentoring stories here.

Check out this webinar from MENTOR on the importance of youth-led discussions and how to maximize Youth Voice in Mentoring.

Amplifying Youth Voices
We believe in sharing the stories of youth across Virginia. So this month, let's make a push to amplify youth voices together! Tag @vamentoring in your Facebook posts highlighting youth leadership and stories of youth empowerment, and we'll re-share.
Support a Youth-Led Research Project
Elizabeth Celentano, a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, has launched two surveys in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters designed to measure barriers and offer strategies for mentor recruitment efforts.
Resources for Talking to Youth About Community Trauma & Racial Injustice

Since our March newsletter, there has been significant violence and trauma across our communities. Below are a selection of resources we hope will be helpful to youth and their caring adult allies.

Upcoming Opportunities
Day of Well-being
Sun. 4/18

MENTOR Virginia is partnering with BareSOUL Yoga for a day dedicated to mindfulness. Virtual sessions will focus on yoga, breathwork, meditation, mindfulness, and movement. Your camera can be on or off during the workshops.
Motivational Interviewing in Mentoring
Thurs. 4/22 @ 1 - 2:15 pm

Join MENTOR for tips, tools, and key principles of influencing change to use with youth, families, and funders that aim to bridge the gap and move us all forward together in the mentoring movement.
New Mentor Training
Tues. 4/27 @ 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Join MENTOR Virginia for a virtual New Mentor Training covering the roles of a mentor, boundary-setting, youth development, stages of a mentoring relationship, communication techniques, problem-solving strategies, & more.
Power of Mentoring:
Global Youth Townhall
April 29 @ 8:30 - 10 am

In honor of Youth Voice Month, young leaders from around the world will share their mentoring experiences and insights to inform program design, policies, engagement and investment in regional education, workforce development, and youth initiatives.
Workshop: Supporting Mentee Mental Health
Mon. 5/10 @ 9 - 10:30 am

Learn how to use a healing lens to help mentees transition to in-person learning in the fall. This workshop will provide practical information on trauma-informed care, coping strategies, behavior modification, and positive relationship building.
May Community Coffee Hour
Wed. 5/12 @ 9 - 10 am

Grab your coffee or tea, and join your mentoring program peers and MENTOR Virginia for Community Coffee Hour! We’ll be discussing strategies for transitioning from e-mentoring to in-person or hybrid mentoring this summer/fall, with a focus on transitioning safely.
Additional Learning Opportunities:
Last Chance! The Power of Youth Challenge provides young people (ages 13-19) across the U.S. with the opportunity to identify a need in their communities related to racial healing and apply for a $250 grant to support a (COVID-safe) youth-designed and youth-led service project. Project ideas are due by 4/30! Plus, check out this guide to planning and implementing anti-racist service projects.
Mentoring Working Groups: Now Enrolling!
Enrollment is now open to new programs that wish to participate in a Mentoring Working Group with similar programs. This enrollment period
will close on
Friday, May 7! 
This working group is designed for any mentoring programs that work in or with school districts to provide mentoring services.
This working group is designed for any mentoring programs that work to provide STEM-related opportunities and activities.
This working group is designed for any mentoring programs that provide mentoring as part of a community-based organization.
Accessing Funds from the American Rescue Plan
Education funding provided by the American Rescue Plan presents a tremendous opportunity to offer young people the quality afterschool and summer programs. This webinar will provide an overview of the funding opportunity and provide tools that local communities can use to help ensure that they realize the potential of the American Rescue Plan funding to bring more afterschool and summer opportunities to lifeand help all children re-engage, re-connect, and recover.
Board + Consultant Opportunities
MENTOR Virginia is Hiring!

The Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant is responsible for planning, designing, and developing the highest quality content that aligns with MENTOR Virginia’s current and future training goals.
MENTOR Virginia is Expanding our Board! 

We are looking for community leaders with a passion for mentoring and a desire to grow the mentoring movement. Serving the organization with strategic and fiscal oversight, our Board is integral to fostering quality mentoring relationships that empower young people across Virginia. Learn more about MENTOR Virginia, the functions and responsibilities of the Board, and the application process here.
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