Every child who needs a mentor should have a mentor.

Prepare to Leverage National Mentoring Month

In January, thousands of mentoring programs across the country will participate in National Mentoring Month, a concentrated burst of public awareness for the mentoring field. Make sure your program takes full advantage of the opportunities to promote the benefits of mentoring. 

On Tuesday, Nov 21st, 
1-2:15pm,  the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series is hosting a webinar on the topic: "National Mentoring Month: How to Engage and Recruit."
Click here to join the webinar or access the recording. 

At the close of National Mentoring Month, the 8th Annual  National Mentoring Summit  will take place January 24-26th , 2018 in Washing ton, D.C. 

The National Mentoring Summit, consisting of several workshops and networking opportunities, is the only national convening of youth mentoring professionals, researchers, philanthropic investors and government and civic leaders aimed at collectively strengthening and expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people across the country. 

The theme for this year's summit is "Building Relationships, Advancing the Movement". To learn more and r egister, click here. 

Technical Assistance Updates

This month, we welcome two new additions to our program team as part-time technical assistance providers: Ashley Williams and Tabatha Spurlock. Both Ashley and Tabatha come to VMP with a depth of experience with coordinating mentoring programs and implementing quality practices in previous roles with the Department of Juvenile Justice Re- Entry Mentoring Program and Henrico HEROES, respectively.
Ashley Williams

Tabatha Spurlock

We are excited to have them on board to support programs with individualized consulting. To learn more about technical assistance or to request no-cost technical assistance for your program, visit the 
National Mentoring Resource Center.  
With Gratitude

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, VMP would like to extend our gratitude to  programs, volunteers, staff, and supporters of mentoring who do so much to promote mentoring and impact the lives of Virginia's youth. We also feel it is important to take a few moments  to express appreciation to our mentors and those caring adults who made an impact on our lives. We invite you to take a few moments and share your mentoring story, and tag VMP!

Giving Tuesday - Moving Mentoring Forward


On Tuesday, 11/28, known in the non-profit community as a global day of giving called "Giving Tuesday," VMP will kick off its 5-week, year-end fundraising campaign. Our Board members will be reaching out to honor their mentors, and to share their stories of why they give and why they are connected to VMP's mission.

Our efforts will help sustain VMP financially and will allow us to "Move Mentoring Forward."

  • We want to move kids off of waiting lists in our partner programs by inspiring volunteers to get involved as mentors.
  • We want to move youth mentoring to be a top priority for community leaders and to recognize quality mentoring as an important intervention for kids that help them to succeed in school, meet their goals, and prepare for college and the workforce.
  • We want to move VMP into the spotlight and prepare to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2018, and honor the work of our mentors and program partners!
Please consider making your year-end, tax deductible contribution  as part of our "Moving Mentoring Forward" campaign. As you may know, VMP is a small nonprofit with a large reach, and we rely on grants from corporations and foundations, and gifts from donors and supporters to provide our services. Click here to make a contribution.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Staff Transitions

As many of you know, last month VMP bid farewell to our Director of Programs, Rose Marie. For 2.5 years, Rose Marie provided leadership to our program services, including our trainings, technical assistance, quality system, and regional outreach. We miss her but we are excited for her new professional chapter!

Since mid-October, Rose Marie has been serving in her new role as Executive Director and CEO of Communities in Schools of Petersburg. As she finished up her time at VMP, Rose Marie shared this reflection: 

"My time at VMP has provided me many experiences and assisted in the development of new skills that I will leverage in my new role. I am thankful to have worked with such a committed staff, board and program partners. It has been a joy to work with so many programs across the state of Virginia that know the power of mentoring and work tirelessly to ensure that youth have caring and trusted adults in their life."

Please join us in wishing Rose Marie well in her new role with CIS of Petersburg!

Thank You to Our Recent Grant Funders






Virginia Mentoring Partnership is a 501 (c) 3 organization that is supported by grants, corporate donations, individual donations and in-kind services.  For more information or to support our organization please visit us at www.vamentoring.org 

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