June 2019
Launch of New Training for Supervisors in Partnership with the Mayor’s Youth Academy

This summer, VMP is thrilled to have begun facilitation of "Connect - Focus - Grow," a specialized curriculum from MENTOR National to help managers create a mentoring mindset when supervising first time employees. This training was launched in June in partnership with the Mayor's Youth Academy . Every summer, 100 Richmond city youth ages 14-19 spend six weeks learning new workplace skills with city agencies, nonprofits, and corporations as an extension of the Mayor’s Youth Academy. Virginia Mentoring Partnership led their first ever supervisor training session, engaging 85 supervisors on building relationships with their new youth employees. Topics included youth voice, communication, furthering mutual learning and understanding, cultural humility, goal-setting, and growth mindset. Next month, the youth will be trained using the same curriculum to help them connect, focus and grow relationships within the workplace to expand their supportive network.

If you are interested in learning more about this workplace readiness mentoring training for supervisors, youth and mentors, please contact Natalie Foster, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, at natalie@vamentoring.org .
2nd Annual VMP Alumni Gathering

VMP board members Jaclyn Wood and Jeff Wilson hosted the 2nd Annual Alumni Gathering to share updates with former board members and staff as well as honor one of VMP’s founders, Cathy Howard . Jaclyn and Jeff will be rolling off the board this year after serving for 8 years, and Cathy will be retiring from VCU at the end of this month after 31 years of service. It was a delight to be able to reminisce with former board and staff and toast a true champion of mentoring.

In the months ahead, VMP will share some exciting news . We were pleased to be able to connect and share our news first with some of our closest VMP friends during this small gathering.  Stay tuned for more to come !

VMP AmeriCorps VISTA Program: Several Open VISTA Positions

Applications are currently being accepted for the position of VMP AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator at host sites throughout Virginia. The member will be instrumental in establishing, developing or building capacity for partner mentoring programs. Responsibilities for the VISTA Member could include: designing and implementing mentor recruitment and marketing plan, launching and facilitating training initiatives, and evaluating the program.

The positions are full-time, 40 hour/week and will be located at various sites throughout Virginia. Special consideration will be given to candidates who possess any of the following skills and experience: Training skills, organizational development, working with youth, expertise with youth, working with college volunteers.

Positions are available in Norfolk, Fairfax City, Herndon, Richmond, and Chesterfield. Please feel free to share these opportunities with your networks. For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA and to apply for one of the open positions, click here .
Program Services Resources
Upcoming Mentor Trainings:
Tuesday, July 23rd, 5:30-8pm,   Register here
Tuesday, August 13th, 5:30-8pm,  Register here
Tuesday, August 27th, 5:30-8pm,  Register here

It may be summertime, but back-to-school season will arrive before we know it! Book a private training session for your group early by contacting Betsy Bilharz, VMP's Director of Training & Program Quality.

Upcoming Webinars :

Thursday, June 20, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
This webinar will focus on the role of mentoring in supporting youth impacted by opioids. Presenters will discuss different risk and protective factors for substance use and misuse, and mentoring strategies and best practices for working with youth and families who are either at high risk for using (i.e. presence of individual, family, and community risk factors for substance abuse), currently using, or in recovery from opioid and/or substance abuse. This webinar will feature the perspectives of both clinical and mentoring practitioners.

Other Resources:
June is Pride Mentoring Month. Click here to read the LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring Programs.