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National Mentoring Program Survey 2016

Don't forget to complete the National Survey by August 10. Your program information is essential to contribute to a complete picture of mentoring.  This is REQUIRED for IMP Certified PROGRAMS and counts as your Quarterly report.

Iowa programs that complete the survey by August 10 will be entered into a drawing for a one of two cash prizes:
1st place prize of $500 and a $250 runner up prize
Take the survey now.


IMP welcomes AmeriCorps VISTA member Mariah HImes. A recent graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in Political Science, Mariah has a variety of service experience including  tutoring children and working with refugees, including immersion in a refugee community for a summer program. Her VISTA project will involve communications and data and evaluation.

Mariah is excited to spend a year (or more?) in Iowa in national service. She "looks forward to having real snow, meeting nice Iowans, and helping build the capacity of the Iowa Mentoring Partnership to better help it's programs serve youth". Feel free to contact Mariah at with any questions about her role or tips on great Iowan things to do and see.



As Brandon develops financial literacy skills under Enrique’s mentoring, Enrique has his eyes opened to the difficulties young people face living in poverty. “My heart has grown more caring and passionate toward financially underprivileged families and communities. So many have it so tough!” He adds, “Brandon's world is very challenging. It's hard to be a ‘good kid’ when so much in his life is negative and difficult and full of struggle. Brandon is learning that ‘fighting’ is not just about punching or kicking - but standing firm for what you believe in and want.”

Enrique adds, “I try and to ask questions about his life—and I try to just listen—especially when he shares honestly about what he is thinking and feeling and learning.” Like many mentors, Enrique wishes he “spent more time with Brandon than I actually do!”

Read the rest of this story here.

Use Congressional recess to your advantage – meet with your legislators at home

On July 15th Congress recessed for the summer, which means they’ll will be back home in their states and local communities meeting with constituents about a host of issues through Labor Day. This provides an excellent opportunity for #MentoringAdvocates to invite Members of Congress to visit their organizations, to request meetings and to attend town hall meetings.Make Congressional recess work for you!
Find contact information here for Iowa's congressional delegation.




August 3  Service Enterprise Webinar

August 10 National Survey Due

August 11
IMP Peer Share Call 2 pm Recruitment, Collaborations, and Awareness: Utilizing Coaches Challenge

August 18 Collaborative Webinar, Noon, Making the Right Match

OCTOBER 3 IMP Fall Conference, Des Moines


ICVS and Volunteer Centers of Iowa
Volunteer Management Series
Six session webinar series
September 14 - November 22
9-10:30 a.m.

Des Moines


Join the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service for an informational webinar on Wednesday, August 3rd at 11:00 a.m. to learn about the Service Enterprise Initiative and how your organization can participate.
Register for the webinar here
Nonprofits that effectively leverage the skills and talents of volunteers into their core operations are known as “service enterprises.”

Your organization will receive:
  • A thorough research based assessment of your existing organizational capacity and volunteer engagement practices
  • Up to 16 hours of training to assist in re-tooling the roles and ways in which your organization engages volunteers
  • Individualized consulting to address unique organizational opportunities and challenges
  • National certification signifying your organization’s commitment to and proficiency in appropriately leveraging the time and skills of volunteers to meet the social mission of the organization

For more information, please contact Michelle Raymer at or 515-725-3135.

Utilizing Coaches Challenge to Benefit Your Program

Learn how other mentoring programs have utilized the coaches challenge marketing campaign to recruit mentors, build collaborations, and create awareness for their program during the  IMP Peer Share Call: August 11 at 2 pm

For more ideas,  utilize the playbook to capitalize on this campaign.

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