MARCH 2015

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IMP Spring Conference 2015

Monday, March 30 & Tuesday, March 31
Fred Maytag Scout Center
6123 Scout Trail
Des Moines, IA

The Iowa Mentoring Partnership’s Annual Spring Conference provides the opportunity for practitioners from across Iowa to focus on best practices for youth mentoring and youth development. Sessions cover a broad range of topics in program design and program management which appeal to a variety of staff members within a mentoring organization.

Time will be provided to network with colleagues from other mentoring programs along with breakout sessions from which to choose.

Additionally, three longer sessions are offered by national trainers to dive deeper into subjects of quality program design, screening mentors, and mentor support.You may register to attend only Monday afternoon, only Tuesday, or both days.

We are pleased to welcome our keynote speaker, David Shapiro, president and CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships. Under Shapiro’s leadership, the organization has been highlighted by the Social Impact Exchange, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to establish and lead the National Mentoring Resource Center. In addition, the organization has launched a National Quality Mentoring System to support mentoring programs. In 2014, Shapiro received an invitation to The White House to engage in a discussion around the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to leverage opportunity for young men and boys of color.

REGISTER by March 20.





New Report: The Business Case for Mentoring
How are businesses expanding the mentoring effect and helping to close the mentoring gap? Read MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and EY's newly-released report on the business case for youth mentoring.

New Resources: Mentoring Issue Briefs Released
MENTOR published three new issue briefs describing the powerful and transformative role that quality mentoring can play in fostering academic achievement, supporting workforce development, and reducing youth violence. Read now.

Federal Education Bill and Mentoring

Congress is working on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the preeminent education law commonly known as No Child Left Behind. The law is years overdue for an update with proposed changes including an overhaul of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants that fund before- and afterschool efforts. Learn more about the importance of the ESEA reauthorization and the effort around protecting core youth services.



In addition to the great local media stories, local and statewide activities held in January during National Mentoring Month, momentum for the campaign continued to reach a statewide audience into February with two statewide radio stories and PSAs continuing to air in various media markets across the state. NMM received impressive national attention and engagement with numerous press mentions, social media conversations, email mentions and more. All of these efforts continue to keep mentoring on the radar as an essential youth development strategy. Read more.   




March 11 Stewards of Children training
March 18 Stewards of Children training
March 19: Collaborative Webinar
A New Lens for Mentoring: Trauma Informed Care
March 30: Statewide STEM Summit
March 30-31: IMP Spring Conference
March 31-April 1: Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse



McCarthy Dressman Academic Enrichment Grants Designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning.  Deadline: April 15, 2015.


Summer nominations for 50 Faces of Volunteers are due April 1. Volunteer Iowa recognizes a volunteer weekly who has served 50 or more hours of service in the past year. The feature is part of the Governor’s Call to Service Initiative. Submit nominations here.

What's your 50? Youth Volunteer Recognition and Scholarship
Recognize youth volunteerism. Information and application available here. Applications due March 16.

Kohl's Corporation: Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards young volunteers (6-18) across the country. Maximum award: $10,000.  Deadline: March 13, 2015.

The Peace First Prize celebrates young people leading change in their schools and communities. Applications and nominations are accepted through March 30th, 2015

The Youth Leadership Award is presented annually to an Iowa youth (ages 14-18) who has participated in youth/adult partnerships; demonstrated positive peer role modeling; participated in service to their community; and served in a leadership role in their school and/or community.
Nomination forms are due March 6.




A team of top researchers in youth mentoring is developing a model by which schools can provide supportive, school-based mentoring to military-connected students in the elementary school years. As a part of this development process, a mentoring program scan is being conducted to better understand whether and how mentoring programs across the country are already serving military-connected youth. 

Please consider contributing to this national wide data by completing the survey.  All participants will be entered into a raffle for a full tuition scholarship to the 2015 Portland State University Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring. 
For questions about the project or survey, please contact Janet Heubach, 425-223-7800 or
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