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Get started here on plans to use this national campaign in January to raise awareness for the mentoring movement and recruit mentors.



Mark your calendar for February 3rd for the Excellence in Mentoring Awards ceremony at the Capitol.  Whether or not you nominated a mentor, the entire partnership of mentoring programs is elevated during this statewide recognition ceremony. Your presence demonstrates the strength of the mentoring programs serving our youth in Iowa.  Award winners will be notified in early January.

If you ordered certificates to honor your mentors, they will be mailed to programs mid-December.


Join programs from across the state at the capitol on February 3 at 11:30 a.m. to educate our state leaders about the importance of youth mentoring as a positive youth development strategy. As a program of Volunteer Iowa, the Iowa Mentoring Partnership advocates for support of mentoring programs across the state through policies that:
  • Expand Iowa's existing volunteer base, including establishing a state employee volunteer policy
  • Support the infrastructure needed for quality service opportunities and programs
  • Build the culture and climate for service in Iowa
Plan now to bring your mentees and mentors to the capitol on February 3rd!



Programs are always looking for new effective marketing and recruitment ideas.  Join the next IMP Peer Sharing Call on December 10th at 2pm  to share ideas for effective program marketing and mentor recruitment. 

Please share your program's marketing or recruitment materials in advance of the call by sending them to Katie Orlando at


In 2012, MENTOR established the M4M campaign as a means of spotlighting mayors across the country who leverage mentoring as a tool to strengthen their communities. Mayors are on the front lines of addressing many of our nation’s most pressing challenges, from poverty and hunger, to high school graduation rates and job growth. Their innovative policies often flow up to influence state and national efforts. By elevating their individual efforts, we can demonstrate to other key stakeholders and the public that there is broad mayoral support for expanding mentoring as a critical part of solutions to address a variety of issues. M4M will be an ongoing web campaign to provide national visibility to mayors in recognition for their commitments to mentoring.
Ideas for Engaging Mayors in Your Communities
  • Invite the mayor to mentoring events
    • Ask the mayor to offer greetings at events or trainings
    • Invite the mayor to learn more about local mentoring organizations
    • Invite the mayor to hand out awards or serve as master of ceremonies at celebrations
  • Include mayors in advocacy efforts
  • Coordinate a site visit for the mayor at your program
  • Follow mayors (and key city council members) on social media
  • Recognizing National Mentoring Month (proclamations, social media engagement, etc.)


Volunteer Iowa and the Iowa Mentoring Partnership thank you for making the 2015 Iowa Nonprofit Summit a success! We are grateful to all sponsors,  presenters, speakers and attendees traveling from across the state who contributed their knowledge. Thank you to IMP members who joined colleagues at our IMP breakfast for a dialogue on increasing the mentoring effect in Iowa.  

Presentation materials are available in the IA Nonprofit Summit folder in our Wiggio group. (For Wiggio help, contact Tatiana at or 515.725.3068)  

Topics include:
Understanding and Engaging the Next Generation
Relationship Building with Donors
Working Collaboratively
Academic Achievement and College Access
State Background Check Stakeholder Group Report on Safer Practices  
Developing Strategic Alliances Between Nonprofit Organizations and Businesses

If you attended the summit, you may log in here to download the handouts from the summit. 

CONGRATULATIONS to BBBS of NE Iowa for their Nonprofit Spotlight Award. The award is presented to an organization that demonstrates:
1) Responsiveness to needs in Iowa's communities through advocacy or long-term strategies
2) Commitment to needs in Iowa's communities through investment of resources, community dialogue and partnership
3) Commitment to accountability and effective nonprofit and volunteer management



Time is running out on the Football Coaches' Challenge for 2015.  We are proud of the effort of our Iowa team members who utilized the 2015 Coaches Mentoring Challenge to recruit over 900 new mentors to date.  Please report final numbers by Wed Dec. 2nd if you haven't done so.  We are so thankful to everyone who joined Team Iowa to score a touchdown for Iowa youth. 

Keep the momentum going with the WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACHES CHALLENGE endorsed by the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and Drake University. In collaboration with Million Women Mentors Iowa  the challenge run through March 1 with the goal of recruiting new mentors with the emphasis on STEM mentoring.  All high school girls basketball coaches will receive information from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Contact your local coach or school for announcements or match recognition events. This is a great community awareness opportunity during National Mentoring Month.
Even if you do not have a STEM mentoring program, mentors from STEM careers opens a whole new world of potential recruits. MWM and the National Mentoring Partnership have created this action guide to engage stem mentors.


December 2  Bullying and the Brain Webinar: The science behind bullying and new approaches to prevention, 12 pm

December 10 IMP Peer Sharing Call: Marketing and Recruitment , 2 pm

December 16  Northeast Iowa Regional Meeting: National Mentoring Month and  Elements of Effective Practice, 4th Edition, 10:30 a.m.  Bill's Pizza and Steakhouse, 201 1st St W, Independence.  
December 17  Collaborative Webinar: Mentoring Youth from Military Families: Lessons Learned and Effective Strategies, 12 pm 

December 17 Acquaintance Child Molesters webinar: Child safety expert Kenneth Lanning, consultant for SAFE training, 1 pm


February 3  Volunteer Iowa/IMP Day at the Capitol 11:30 am

February 3  Excellence in Mentoring Awards, 1:30 pm



Online professional development opportunities are essential as tight budgets (for programs and the state) allow for few funds for travel to in-person events. The IMP is committed to offering more remote sharing and learning opportunities as well as providing information about training events with partners.

Upcoming opportunities are listed on the calendar above. Even if you can't attend at the scheduled time, register for the webinars to receive information about recordings and future sessions.



During Computer Science Education Week December 7-13th, students across Iowa will be participating in the Hour of Code to encourage interest in computer science.  Many mentees will be participating at school as  hundreds of Iowa schools are involved.  Share photos at #CodeIowa. Read about Google's involvement in Iowa.

Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship -  Four year full tuition scholarship to pursue studies in STEM fields.



Dec 5th: Mini Medical School: Girls Go STEM Iowa City. Grades 6-8th grade will work alongside current UI medical and bioscience students, doctors, and other health science professionals to explore STEM through hands-on experiences.

December 23, 28, 29 & 30th: SciGirls Winter Camp at the Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines.  Grades pre-K-8th grade

December 28th: The Science of Science Fiction at the Iowa Children's Museum, Coralville. Grades K-5 will be able to tinker with bots, learn algorithmic thinking and debugging. 



Share Your #MentorStories for a Chance to Win

Every mentoring relationship has the power to begin an endless chain reaction. First Niagara wants you to share your #MentorStories of success throughout the community. Make a short video about why mentoring makes an impact, and your organization could win a grant up to $10,000. Deadline for submission is December 11. Take a look at the submission page for more information on how to enter.




These issue briefs provide an overview of the research and a great resource for making the case for the mentoring effect.

Mentoring: An Investment in Fostering Academic Achievement

Mentoring: A Critical Support Strategy for Youth Career Engagement and Workforce Development

Mentoring: An Investment in Reducing Youth Violence

Mentoring: A Key Resource for Promoting Positive Youth Development

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