Every child who needs a mentor should have a mentor.

VMP AmeriCorps VISTA Member Recognized as Virginia VISTA Member of the Year

This week, members of VMP's AmeriCorps VISTA team participated in The Virginia Volunteerism & Service Conference. 

VMP staff were also present as the conference recognized VMP VISTA member  Maurice Robinson , recipient of the Outstanding VISTA Member of the Year Award for Virginia. Join us in congratulating Maurice on his stellar work and in celebrating the contributions of all our VISTAs who make significant contributions to mentoring across the Commonwealth!

Click here to learn more about VMP's AmeriCorps VISTA program.

Link to Learning: Trauma-Informed Mentoring

VMP will be taking the lead in ensuring all mentors are trained in understanding Trauma Informed Care. Training opportunities will be announced in a few weeks.

Trauma Informed Care Training will  highlight the symptoms and impact of traumatic experiences on youth and equip mentors in  understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. 

Participating in this training will provide you with the following:
  • What is trauma-informed care? Why is it important to know about?
  • What is traumatic stress? How does it affect children's brains and development?
  • How does trauma impact young people? What factors can help?
  • How can you provide trauma-informed care
When mentors and program staff take the initiative to become trauma¬≠-informed, they are likely to be in a better position to serve the needs of vulnerable youth.  Check out this article
for a general overview of trauma-informed concepts.

To learn more about trauma-informed care, please review the following resources:

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Richmond, VA 23230

Last Call to Apply for Free Technical Assistance through the National Mentoring Resource Center
Want to improve the quality of specific aspects of your program? Our one-on-one program consultation, or "technical assistance," provides guidance and resources for program staff on topics of their choice, ranging from establishing a recruitment plan to developing a full policies and procedures manual. VMP encourages all programs to take advantage of this free resource before the grant cycle closes in October.   To ensure your program has access to this free resource for the current grant year, submit your request for technical assistance no later than July 31st.

Programs participate in VMP's technical assistance process to develop:
  • Recruitment plans
  • Logic models
  • Policies and procedures aligned with best practices
  • New mentor training curriculum
  • Closure practices

As an affiliate Mentoring Partnership of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), Virginia Mentoring Partnership is proud to be a technical assistance provider for The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), a project of The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and

MENTOR. This youth mentoring resource is no-cost for programs and aims to strengthen mentoring quality and effectiveness.

Click here to apply for technical assistance through the NMRC.

Upcoming Staff Development Opportunity: Recruiting African-American and Latino Mentors
In VMP's annual State of Mentoring Survey, Virginia mentoring programs reported recruitment as a common challenge.  VMP has teamed up with Brian Sales, Director of Training & Technical Assistance at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership , to offer a recruitment-specific workshop opportunity for mentoring program staff. 

Join us June 6th, 1-4 pm for: Understanding How to Successfully Recruit African-American and Latino Mentors: Targeted Marketing Strategies That Work! This workshop will discuss the challenges that mentoring programs face when recruiting Latino and Black mentors. Participants will learn promising practices for recruiting, engage with culturally competent strategies, and participate in a hands on exercise designed to provide your program with a targeted marketing approach that can be applied to your recruitment efforts.  Click here to register.

Upcoming New Mentor Training Sessions will be held:

Recent Supporters

VMP would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our recent funders who support our efforts to enhance the capacity and quality of mentoring for Virginia's young people. 


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