October is STEM Mentoring Month! It is so important that young people have caring adults in their life who encourage them to explore new passions and inspire them to dream big. Mentorship drives discovery and exploration by connecting young people with passionate individuals, creative networks, and exciting opportunities. Check out the STEM resources below, and explore more on MENTOR's website.
Upcoming Opportunities
Your Chance to Win a Free Conference Ticket + $100 Gift Card
On November 9-10, VPOST and MENTOR Virginia will convene the 12th Annual Conference, Are We There Yet?! Cultivating Joy on the Long and Winding Road. This event will include two days of virtual professional development workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and awards** with the goal of cultivating joy for the mentoring and out-of-school time communities in VA.

**We need your help to nominate an Out-of-School Time Champion of the Year or Mentor Champion of the Year by October 26th! 

  • The top three nominees from each category will be invited to attend the conference at no cost, and will be announced on October 28th.
  • Champions will be announced at the conference.
  • The champion from each category will receive a $100 gift card.
Supporting Youth After Gun Violence
As if an enduring global pandemic wasn't challenging enough, many young people are also dealing with the threat or the reality of gun violence in our schools and communities. Below are some resources gathered by Voices for Virginia's Children that may help you support young people as they try manage big emotions like fear, anxiety, and trauma around gun violence.

Community mental health resources:
  • Crisis Text Line – text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis support
  • In Virginia, contact the emergency services number for your local community services board
  • The NAMI Virginia HelpLine (1-888-486-8264) is not a crisis hotline, but can refer callers to local support groups, educational programs, and general information for accessing mental health systems
  • For those local to Richmond, Virginia, and surrounding counties:
  • Youth and families can call ChildSavers Immediate Response line for 24/7 crisis support, 804-305-2420
  • Full Circle Grief Center

Guidance on supporting youth after traumatic events:

Additional nationwide resources for child grief and/or gun reform and awareness include:
More Upcoming Opportunities from Community Partners
Digital Accessibility: What does it mean and why does it matter with Meenakshi Das

Thursday, October 28 | 1 - 2 pm

In this webinar, participants will learn how to make technology more accessible to people with disabilities. This may be especially helpful for programs doing e-mentoring.
Resilience Film Screening

Thursday, October 21, 3 - 4:30 pm

Watch a virtual screening and join a post-screening community discussion of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. Resilience is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress.

mentorva.org | 804-829-7236