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Due to the winter storm predicted for Iowa over the next couple of days, we are postponing our Volunteer Iowa/Iowa Mentoring Partnership Day at the Capitol, scheduled for February 3, until a later date.

The 2016 EXCELLENCE IN MENTORING AWARDS CEREMONY will be held on April 13th with the Governor's Hall of Fame Awards. 

We look forward to honoring the 2016 award winners:
  • Jennifer Husmann, Center Junction, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa

  • Amber Linderbaum, Elgin, Valley Mentoring, North Fayette Valley Community Coaltion

  • Joe Moralez, Bettendorf, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley

  • Dave Vandeventer, Cedar Falls, TeamMates of Waterloo


On Thursday January 7th, Gov Terry Branstad officially declared January as Mentoring Month in Iowa. Matches and other representatives from IMP mentoring programs attended the event in support of quality mentoring programs in Iowa. The official proclamation is here

This was one of many events held across Iowa to celebrate National Mentoring Month. LSI Beloit Mentoring Program and the YSS GRIP Mentoring partnered to recruit 50 male mentors in Story and Boone Counties. Read more about NMM activities for Mentoring Connection of Delaware County and RSVP of North Central Iowa. Please share your NMM stories at


Sisters for Life!
Sarah Lawrence knows about the pain of divorce. When she was a little girl, her parents separated.  As a child, she longed to have a caring adult in her life to help her through that difficult time.  It is her desire to provide this support for someone else that inspired her to become a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa in Des Moines. Click here for the rest of the story.


Use these excellent testimonials for awareness and recruitment:

"I look where I'm at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors in my life," Grammy-nominated rapper Kendrick Lamar says, before mentioning that he would serve as a mentor himself. He also shares his support of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative -- Obama’s mentoring program that focuses on giving young boys and men of color the opportunity and skills to be successful -- and encourages other to get involved. Read more and watch the video.

NBA Cares: Mentor In Real Life



What specific actions can adults take in their relationships with young people that help youth learn, grow, and thrive? Search Institute's newest research on developmental relationships identifies five essential actions that lay the foundation for a powerful mentoring relationship:

  • Express Care
  • Challenge Growth
  • Provide Support
  • Share Power
  • Expand Possibility

Understanding Group Formation is Key to Successful Group Mentoring

Group Mentoring Model Review

This review addresses four topics related to group mentoring for children and adolescents, including (1) its documented effectiveness, (2) the extent to which effectiveness depends on characteristics of mentors, mentees, or program practices, (3) intervening processes likely to link group mentoring to youth outcomes, and (4) the success of efforts to reach and engage targeted youth, achieve high quality implementation, and adopt and sustain programs over time.




February 11th National Mentoring Summit/Research Updates Peer Sharing Call 2pm

February 18 Collaborative Webinar: Mentoring in the Age of Technology  12pm

February 23 Monthly STEM Call 2:00 pm


Best practices training for nonprofits. Topics include current volunteer trends, recruitment strategy development, and effective evaluation. Sessions are live and interactive. Sponsored by The Volunteer Centers of Iowa (VCI) in partnership with Volunteer Iowa.
Dates: January 27 – April 6, 2016
Time: 9-10:30 am
Cost: $125 for the series
Location: Online

Registration and information

Drake Nonprofit Fundraising Workshop
Lance Noe, Director of the Drake University Center for Professional Studies, will be the facilitator for this three day class, May 23-25, from 9 am to 4 p.m.on the Des Moines campus
. More information and registration


Des Moines University website has a list of events and resources for engaging youth in STEM opportunities, and fostering the next generation of healthcare leaders. 

Million Women Mentors created a middle school Mentor Action Guide, which utilizes an online STEM career awareness curriculum called Learning Blade.

A mother who homeschools her children invented a game to help them learn chemistry; battleship but with the periodic table of elements!  

In the North Cedar school district, students as young as middle-school age are learning through 3-D virtual reality. This is meant to help prepare students for future jobs in STEM.

IPTV has curated a list of STEM resources for K-12


6th,13th, 20th & 27thMath Club at Jewels Academy. Girls (4th - 8th grades) offers interactive assignments and interactions with professionals that use math daily, Des Moines

6thBettendorf Youth Science Expo at Bettendorf Middle School features local science talent, guest speakers and hands-on experiments and displays, Bettendorf

6th: Girls in Science Festival at the Science Center of Iowa explores a variety of careers in the "STEM Zones" and connects youth with female role models , Des Moines

23rd: Introduce a Girl to Engineering at St. Ambrose University. Girls (pre-school through 7th grade) experience th engineering and science through hands-on activities, Davenport.

27th: Iowa Girls Code Camp at Geonetric for high school girls,  Cedar Rapids. 

27th: Rockwell Collins Day at The Iowa's Children Museum to learn the fundamentals of engineering. Coralville. 


3The League of United Latin American Citizens is actively seeking community partners to support LULAC Councils’ implementation of the Ford Driving Dreams Grants program.
Ford Driving Dreams Grants program is a collaboration of the Ford Motor Company Fund and LULAC Institute, Inc., which awards seed grants through Request for Proposals (RFP) to selected LULAC Councils and their partner organizations who address factors outside of high school classrooms that influence Latino graduation rates and education equity in their communities. Over the course of two years, recipients of the FDD grant receive up to $20,000 to fund their program efforts. Activities supported by future grants would build on the skills, collaborations, and capabilities achieved through this RFP. The RFP process is currently open with the final deadline being 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 21, 2016.
The deadline for the Notice of Intent has passed, but is not required to continue the process of the RFP. If your organization intends to apply, please contact Karina Castellanos, the Education and Youth Leadership Programs Coordinator, at and she will be able to connect you with a local LULAC Council that can partner with your organization to complete the RFP.
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