APRIL 2016

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As a condition of your certification, please complete the current quarterly report by April 29. Your data and feedback is essential to our work supporting you. Thank you for completing the report.


The Iowa Mentoring Partnership's certification, based on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, is valid for two years. An updated recertification form is available here and is due on May 10 for the programs due for recertification in 2016,  listed below. Programs will also receive an email with this information and a recertification guidebook.  

Allamakee Mentoring Program

BBBS of Central Iowa

BBBS of Muscatine County

BBBS of Northeast Iowa – Black Hawk

BBBS of Northeast Iowa-Bremer

BBBS of Siouxland

Building Bridges Through Mentoring

Clinton Community Schools (Study Connection)

Dubuque Community School District

Dubuque YMCA Reach and Rise

Everybody Wins! Iowa

Great River Area Youth Mentoring
Independence Community Schools

The Job Foundation

Johnston Youth Mentoring Program - Johnston Community Schools

Links to LNX2

Mentor Iowa

Mentoring with HEART

MY Club

North Fayette Valley Mentoring
One on One Mentoring - Garner

One to One Mentoring Project – Cerro Gordo

Orchard Place

RSVP of North Central Iowa

Star Mentoring

St. Mark Youth Enrichment

TeamMates of Council Bluffs

TeamMates of Storm Lake

TeamMates of Waterloo

TeamMates of Missouri Valley

Tiger Mentoring Program
Youth & Shelter Services – GRIP Mentoring

Please contact Mary Sheka at or 515-725-3187 with questions.



Share your program's best volunteer management practices for a few minutes on the April 14th Peer Share Call.

Screening, Selecting and Matching Volunteers
Training Volunteers
Using Skilled Volunteers
Supporting and Retaining Volunteers
Volunteer Motivation and Recognition 

Please email with the topic you are interested in sharing.

Register to join the call here.



Hearts Revived with Kindness

"Being with the girls is fun. They keep me active and young, " says mentor Carol Groen with Sac County Mentoring.  Read more about the difference mentoring makes in the lives of both mentors and mentees.


IMP programs joined other Volunteer Iowa programs on March 15th at the capitol to educate legislators about their programs and the support they receive from the IMP. Making the case for mentoring in the above photos are Kathy Schwartzhoff, Val Maximovich, Zach Smith, Anna Vaughn and Jeanine Nemitz.  Thank you for amplifying the message that mentoring is an essential positive youth development strategy. All IMP programs benefited from your advocacy.


As a part of the Volunteer Iowa Recognition Ceremony, the 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Awards will be presented by the governor on Wednesday, April 13th at 10.00 am. You are encouraged to attend the ceremony to honor exemplary mentors from across the state. Your attendance shows the strength of support for mentoring programs. . Check out our Facebook event page for more information. 


Give Back Iowa was created to encourage employers to engage their employees in community volunteering. This is a great opportunity for employees who already volunteer to receive recognition or to engage with new businesses to encourage volunteering in your program. Please share the attached message with your networks and encourage them to support the Give Back Iowa Challenge either by registering to participate, or by circulating the opportunity to their networks.  The eight-week challenge runs from April 1-May 31, 2016

Complete information and resources on how to participate are provided on the Volunteer Iowa website: Thank you for your help in promoting the Give Back Iowa Challenge.




Volunteer Appreciation Month

April 1 IMP Recertification applications to programs for 2016 renewal

April 1 IMP Q3 report available

April 4 Deadline for Governor's Volunteer Award nominations

April 5  Volunteer Iowa Professional Development, Cedar Falls, 9 am

April 10-16 National Volunteer Week

April 13  
Excellence in Mentoring Awards10 am

April 14 Volunteer Iowa  Professional Development, Sioux City, 9 am

April 14 IMP Peer Sharing Call: Volunteer Management , 2 pm

April 15 Program Sustainability Webinar, Getting Started: Making the Case 1 pm

April 18  Volunteer Iowa  Professional Development, Ottumwa, 9 am

April 21 Collaborative Webinar, Activity-Based Mentoring: Can Structured Activities Make Mentoring Better? Noon

April 22 Program Sustainability Webinar, Building a Strong Foundation, 10 am

April 29 Program Sustainability Webinar, Developing Strong Partnerships, 10 am

April 29 IMP Q3 report due



We are coming to YOU!  Don't miss out on the free regional training and networking opportunities. Topics include EEP, data use, and adult learning.

Tuesday, April 5th
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
3117 Greenhill Circle
Cedar Falls

Thursday, April 14th
Northeast AEA
1520 Morningside Ave
Sioux City

Monday, April 18th
Grand Praire AEA
2814 N. Court St. 52501


Webinar Series

Led by top mentoring professionals, these webinars will cover essential elements of sustainability planning for any program. Building and supporting sustainable mentoring programs is a key component of the Iowa Mentoring Partnership’s work. We are grateful for our partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health which makes this opportunity available to all IMP programs. Register for each individual session. Recordings will be available. 



Iowa Afterschool Alliance is hosting a STEM webinar about how to boost public support for afterschool STEM programs on April 6th. 

The Harlan Community School District recently had a STEM festival where about 625 people from the community turned up! 

Check out the Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers, an Emmy-nominated web-series from the acclaimed PBS series, NOVA. It profiles today’s leading scientists, and can be great for mentees/mentors to watch together.

The Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act, legislation that would provide support to increase the number of women and minorities entering STEM fields.


April 2-10: National Robotics Week with several Iowa events.

7th: Wildlife Conservation Series at Blank Park Zoo. James Pease, Ph.D.  with Iowa Rivers Revival on water conservation in the state. Des Moines

9th: 4-H Experience Agronomy Event. An intro agronomy principles, such as weeds, seeds, soil, and crop management for middle schoolers. Ames

14th: Drake STEM Festival Pre-K to 8th graders and families, with Bill Nye the Science Guy speaking at 7pm. Des Moines

23rd: Downtown Earth Day Tour with Science Center + Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.  Des Moine

30th: Black Girls Do Science 4th-8th graders, encouraging underrepresented girls to pursue a career in STEM.  Coralville


Shell Education Grants
Shell supports K-12 programs that boost math and science skills.  Shell funds projects are especially interested in supporting educational outreach in math, science and technology to women/minority students and academic institutions with ethnically diverse enrollments. Deadline: Ongoing.

The Kars4Kids Small Grant Program provides grants between $500-$2,000 to nonprofits dedicated to making a difference in the areas of education and youth development. Click here to apply.