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December 6  IMP move to new office
December 12 PEER SHARE CALL CANCELLED in December 
December 19 MENTOR monthly webinar, noon 
December 25 IMP office closed
January 1 IMP office closed 
January 8 I Am A Mentor Day
January 17 International Mentoring Day
January 20 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 30 #ThankYourMentor Day 


The Excellence in Mentoring Award honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people in Iowa through service as a mentor to a young person.

Mentoring programs currently certified by the Iowa Mentoring Partnership may nominate an Iowa mentor who has been mentoring for at least two years.  Qualified nominees possess a compelling mentoring story that illustrates how positive experiences alter the life of a young person for the better. The 2020 awards ceremony will be held at the Capitol on April 21st. 

To nominate an outstanding mentor download the documents found here: Excellence in Mentoring Awards Nomination Form. Please read the instructions carefully to submit a strong nomination for an outstanding mentor by January 21, 2020. 


The IMP engaged in MENTOR's #ThankYourMentor month in November to demonstrate the power of mentoring and inspire more mentors to volunteer. Volunteer Iowa Commissioners shared the impact of their mentors at their November board meeting and on our Facebook page

Commissioners (clockwise from upper left) Leah Rodenberg, Dan Cataldi, Cheri Doane, and Cherian Koshy share that their mentors:
Motivate and inspire me to reach higher
Understand the importance of the next generation to carry on the work
Instilled in me an appreciation of social justice
See what's ahead that I can not and helps navigate a course forward 

It's not too late to join the #THANKYOURMENTOR campaign! Share your mentoring story today! 


Congratulations to the following programs that completed the self-assessment and review through the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) and have received the Step 1: Initiated NQMS Designation Badge.  The Iowa Mentoring Partnership and MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership recognize programs who engage in this systematic, structured process to assess youth mentoring programs in alignment with The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring TM. The NQMS designation badge appears in the program's profile in the Mentoring Connector, the national database of youth mentoring programs. Designated programs receive priority in the Mentoring Connector search query when volunteers seek opportunities to mentor. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley
Club M Burlington
Community Youth Concepts – Mentor Advantage Program
Foster Grandparents of Greater Siouxland
Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters
Helping Services for Youth and Families, Delaware County 
Man Up
Mentor Dubuque
Not Alone Youth Mentoring Program 
One on One Mentoring, Cerro Gordo County 
Youth Experiencing Success (YES)

Helping Services for Youth and Families, Allamakee, Winneshiek and Howard Counties
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland
Braves Mentoring
Clinton Community Schools
Dubuque Community School District
Everybody Wins! Iowa
Independence Community Schools Mentoring Program
Mentoring Affects Youth (M.A.Y) and Links to LNX 
Mentor Iowa
New Opportunities
North Fayette Valley Mentoring Program
Reach and Rise Dubuque YMCA 
STARS Youth Mentoring Program, Storm Lake
TeamMates of AHSTW
TeamMates of Council Bluffs
TeamMates of Des Moines
TeamMates of Missouri Valley
The Job Foundation


Utilize MENTOR'S Toolkits for engagement in the following areas: digital, corporate, media, public official and advocacy. 
Watch the recording of the IMP Peer Share NMM webinar for a breakdown of the toolkits and ideas for local programs. 
Share your mentoring story with 
MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership. The submission form is at the bottom of the National Mentoring Month web page

Understaffed and Overwhelmed? Learn How Service Enterprise Can Help

A "Service Enterprise" is an organization that effectively leverages volunteers and their skills to meet their social mission. Research shows that organizations operating at this level are able to operate at the same level as their peers with half the median budget. Cohorts across the state are beginning soon with Des Moines area applications due January 6th.
Watch an informational webinar to hear from colleagues as they share how participating in this research-based assessment, training, and coaching process can build the capacity of your organization.
Questions? Want to request an application link? Please contact Michelle Raymer at or 515-348-6235.


The Iowa Mentoring Partnership, along with all Volunteer Iowa staff, is relocating to 1936 Bell Avenue, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA 50315.  On December 6, our office will be closed to finalize the move to our new office. Our email addresses and phone numbers remain the same.
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