November 2018
25th Anniversary Event Celebrates Mentoring Champions

Last week, approximately 200 of VMP's founders, supporters, program partners, and friends gathered at the Hofheimer Building in Scott's Addition in Richmond for a cocktail reception to celebrate VMP's 25th anniversary and to recognize "Champions of Mentoring" - longstanding partners and supporters who have made significant contributions to the mentoring movement over VMP's history, including founders, board members, staff, trainers, partner organizations, and donors .

The evening featured a variety of celebratory treats for guests, including appetizers, cocktails, music, desserts, and a wine pull raffle. The program included remarks from David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership , and a heartfelt presentation from former VMP staff member Bekah Kendrick and her mentee, Madelaine. Click here to check out photos from the evening , courtesy of Taylor Dabney Photography. VMP would like to extend many thanks to our variety of corporate, professional, in-kind, and individual sponsors, board members, vendors, and staff for their support and efforts in making this milestone event so memorable.

Since 1993, VMP has trained more than 40,000 mentors for young people and has delivered services and support to more than 800 organizations in every region across the commonwealth.  We are deeply grateful for our champions who have helped elevate Virginia Mentoring Partnership to a statewide organization, building capacity, promoting quality and raising awareness of youth mentoring.

Thank you to our corporate partners for helping to make this a special event!

Presenting Sponsor - Altria
Reception Sponsors  Genworth Weinstein Properties , PwC , and  Dominion Energy
Corporate Sponsors  -  Capital One , TowneBank  and  Padilla
Friends of VMP  -  Hunton Andrews Kurth  and  Virginia Credit Union
Support VMP This Giving Tuesday

Young people who have dedicated, consistent adults in their lives are less likely to drop out of school or engage in risky behaviors, and are more likely to go to college, enter the workforce, and have strong relationships with peers and parents. They are better positioned to succeed!

Please consider donating to VMP on Giving Tuesday, November 27th - a day of global giving!

  • $25 - Provides a volunteer with New Mentor Training
  • $75 - Supports one-on-one consulting for a mentor program
  • $250 - Sponsors a content-specific training on topics such as communications strategies for mentors, trauma-informed mentoring, or cultural sensitivity

Mentoring Feature in Richmond Family Magazine

"It's incredible to see a child's self esteem grow, just because a trusting adult told them, 'I believe in you.'"

Did you catch VMP's feature in the November 2018 edition of Richmond Family Magazine? Penned by Executive Director Elizabeth Bass, the article features reflections from partners on the impact and importance of quality mentoring, including Quality Mentoring Partner Laura Leporati with AMP! Metro Richmond and former staff member Miriam Davidow. Click here to read the full article.
November: Share Your Stories to Thank Your Mentor
November is the official start of  MENTOR’s #ThankYourMentor campaign, a 3-month long celebration of the power of mentoring. Celebrate your mentor by sharing your stories, quotes, videos, and photos using hashtag  #ThankYourMentor .

Download your own  “My Mentor…” sign , write a message about why you're thankful for your mentor, and share a photo or video on social media about your mentor including #ThankYourMentor and tagging VMP. Retweet our messages of thanks throughout the month and encourage others to share their mentoring stories as well!

Anyone that submits their  story to the Storytelling Repository  in November will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card:

1 entry per story
2 entries if it includes a photo
5 entries if it includes a video
A new winner will be chosen each week!
Program Services Resources
Opportunity to Participate in Creative Activity for Matches

Looking for a creative activity idea for your program's matches to complete in an upcoming session? In collaboration with University of Richmond Downtown, VMP is creating an art exhibition that highlights the positive impacts of mentoring relationships on individuals and the community of Richmond. The displayed art, which will be available for viewing beginning late spring, will aim to inspire more potential volunteers to make a positive impact in the lives of youth still waiting for a mentor.

VMP is currently seeking programs interested in inviting guest facilitators from University of Richmond's Art Program to guide matches in a creative activity for their matches this spring. During these workshops, mentor/mentee pairs will artistically express their answer to the prompt: “Show us a portrait of your mentoring relationship.” All matches will be able to participate in the project, and those interested may submit their piece for a chance to have it displayed at the art installation. Contact Nicole Maldonado Benites with questions or to sign up.
Amplify Your Voice at MENTOR's Capitol Hill Day

Are you interested in sharing with your Members of Congress about youth mentoring in your community, state or at your organization? If so, please consider joining us on  January 29-30, 2019 for MENTOR's Capitol Hill Day . All talking points, summaries about mentoring legislative issues and bills, and appointments will be provided by MENTOR.
What is asked of participants?
  • January 7, 2019 at 3:30 PM - MENTOR will host a live webinar on Capitol Hill Day.
  • January 10, 2019 at 11 AM - Virginia's Capitol Hill Day webinar call.
  • January 29, 2019 from 2 - 5 PM - Advocacy Workshop (in-person Capitol Hill Day training) at the National Mentoring Summit headquarters hotel.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019: Capitol Hill Day! All participants will be transported from the Summit hotel to Capitol Hill Wednesday morning.  Capitol Hill Day kickoff (light breakfast provided) on Capitol Hill: 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Capitol Hill Day meetings: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Summit Welcome Reception on Capitol Hill: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (open to all Summit attendees)

For more information or if you are interested in participating, please contact  Natalie Foster, Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships,
Links to Learning

Recorded Webinars:

Recorded Podcasts and Lectures:
Listen as Dr. Edward Latessa discusses key findings from  his team’s study  of mentoring services for youth on parole and probation in Ohio and learn about how the youth mentoring field aligns, and sometimes doesn’t, with the broader research on what prevents criminality and recidivism. 

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.