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JUNE 2014

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PROGRAM NEWS

Ideas shared in Quarterly Reports

Career
Mississippi Valley BBBS has focused on enhanced match activities for the middle and high school aged youth. Twenty-five 14-17 year olds participated in several sessions of a "job readiness" workshop. The Littles, along with their mentors, completed curriculum regarding job preparation in partnership with Junior Achievement, created resumes, participated in mock interviews, and attended the Teen Job Fair held through the City of Davenport. Of these youth, several have either interviewed for or received their first job for the spring/summer season.

College
Children of Promise Youth Leadership partnered with Cornell College's Black Awareness Cultural Organization which enabled four high school youth to attend a three day Black Iowa Youth Conference on the campus of Cornell. Students were immersed in college life, attended panel discussions and provided new opportunities for thought.
Academic Success
JUMP (Pella) staff worked with Samantha, school staff, and her mentor to create and implement an academic success plan.  When she first entered JUMP she lacked confidence socially, struggled with peer relationships, communication with her teachers and her grades.  Her Mom indicated she wanted Samantha to do well in school but found it challenging to help with homework. The hard work with her mentor definitely showed in her academic progress.  For the quarter Samantha had all B's in her core classes and showed significant improvement in her Iowa Assessment scores.  For the first time this year, both Samantha and her Mom left a parent teacher conference happy and confident that Samantha was on the right path.

Collaboration between programs
The Valley Mentoring Program hosted neighboring North Fayette Mentoring for the National Mentoring Month event. Mentors and mentees from both programs came to the Valley Community Coalition Youth Center for a potluck meal, recognition event, movie, and games. The North Fayette and Valley Schools entered into a whole grade sharing arrangement this year and this event was another step in bringing everyone together. All attendees were pleased and the youth had a great time with new friends and faces.
 
Programming
Lamoni SAFE Coaltion’s mentors are working on a program to encourage our youth to become more active. They wrote and received a grant to help fund pedometers and I-Pads for an interactive program call ibitz. The more the kids move and are active, the more their ibitz "person" is allowed to do, which is very motivating.

Heart of Iowa BBBS hosted a basketball tournament between the BIGS, Police Dept., Fire Dept. and Sheriff Dept. The Littles in attendance shot the free throw shots which brought cheers from the crowd and lifted spirits of the Littles.  This was a great FUN-raising event!

Community Resources
BBBS NE Iowa (BlackHawk Co) continue  to partner with local businesses in effort to expand match activities. This past quarter, we were fortunate to receive sponsored events from PDCM Insurance, US Cellular and Hy-Vee.  Our matches had a chance to break the winter blues and attend a pool party at UNI's recreation center thanks to PDCM Insurance.  We also partnered with US Cellular and were given free tickets to a UNI men's basketball game where our matches were honored as the sponsored group for the evening.  Most recently, we worked with Hy-Vee to create a match activity centered on health and nutrition.  Matches were able to explore new fruits and vegetables and create healthy meal options together.  Partnering with local businesses has allowed us to offer more match activities, keep the cost to a minimum and generate additional support of our mentoring program.

Academic Success
JUMP (Pella) staff worked with Samantha, school staff, and her mentor to create and implement an academic success plan.  When she first entered JUMP she lacked confidence socially, struggled with peer relationships, communication with her teachers and her grades.  Her Mom indicated she wanted Samantha to do well in school but found it challenging to help with homework. The hard work with her mentor definitely showed in her academic progress.  For the quarter Samantha had all B's in her core classes and showed significant improvement in her Iowa Assessment scores.  For the first time this year, both Samantha and her Mom left a parent teacher conference happy and confident that Samantha was on the right path.

Mentor Support
Children of Promise provided our first "Mentor Mixer", a mentor only event which provided a relaxed social event for our mentors to connect with each other and with the program. Fifteen
mentors attended who were excited to share their mentoring story. It was a great success and would love to host another event like it soon!

Mentor Appreciation
Fort Dodge Foster Grandparent began holding monthly Lunch & Learn events which bring 6 or 7 grandparent mentors together with 2 or three Advisory Council or community members for one hour over pizza.  The grandparents each have a few minutes to share stories about how they feel they make a difference or how the program has made a difference to them. The Advisory Council members also take a couple of minutes to share why the program is important to them personally and to the community.  This event is proving to be a great way to have the mentors reflect upon their service and have them receive some much deserved praise.  It is much more personal than our large appreciation event held at the end of the school year, but we will continue to hold that event as well.
 
 

RISK MANAGEMENT

The following programs must submit their materials by June 16th:

TeamMates Waterloo
The Job Foundation
Valley Mentoring Program
Volunteers for Youth
YMCA of Okoboji Kinship
Youth Experiencing Success

The following programs must submit their materials by July 15th. Programs will receive an email reminder on June 15.

Fort Dodge Foster Grandparents Program
Council Bluffs Foster Grandparents Program
Tiger Mentoring, Spencer
BBBS Johnson County
Davenport STARRS
Dubuque Community School District
Fort Dodge Bridges
Heart of Iowa BBBS
 

MENTORS MATTER FOR EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT


Peers and positive adults, like mentors, matter in keeping students in school. America's Promise Alliance and the Center for Promise have released a report that seeks to change the conversation regarding those who drop out of school. One of the key findings is that connectedness is critical in keeping them enrolled. Watch the short documentary below or read the full "Don't Call Them Dropouts" report here.
Coaches Challenge and other efforts by MENTOR may bring more attention to this resources, making it worth a few minutes to update.
 
 

PUBLIC AWARENESS and ADVOCACY

URGENT HELP NEEDED

Tell the U.S. Senate to Fund Youth Mentoring

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee is about to begin setting priorities for federal funding in fiscal year 2015.
Join MENTOR on Tuesday, June 3, for a grassroots call-in day to the U.S. Senate to push for an increase in funding for the Youth Mentoring Grants program. We ask that you contact both of your U.S. Senators with this simple message: fund the Youth Mentoring Grants program at $100 million in fiscal year 2015 (FY15).
Download a script and talking points for your June 3rd call to call both of your Senators’ offices!
You can also email both of your Senators today, Tweet them and post a message on their Facebook pages! We need to make enough noise for the Senate to hear us!
Please encourage members of your local mentoring community, including mentors, families, board members and other supporters, to call their Senators too.
Iowa’ efforts are especially critical as Senator Harkin is a member of the Appropriations Committee.

Grassley, Chuck - (R - IA)
135 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3744
Contact: www.grassley.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm
 
Harkin, Tom - (D - IA)
731 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3254
Contact: www.harkin.senate.gov/contact.cfm
 

MENTOR RECRUITMENT

 
Coaches Challenge
We are planning for the 2014 Coaches Challenge to offer programs additional support for local mentor recruiting efforts. We have been working with the National Mentoring Partnership to expand the Coaches Challenge to the entire Big 12 and Big 10 conferences. This will allow for unified marketing conference-wide. Look for more information this summer.

MENTOR's Volunteer Referral System
Many programs are listed on the National Mentoring Partnership's VRS, however, several programs have updated information. You may edit your information or add your program here.
Coaches Challenge and other initiatives by MENTOR might direct attention to this resource, making it worth your time to update.
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CALENDAR


June 3 Advocacy Day for Youth Mentoring Grants

June 10 Provider Board Meets

June 15 Risk Management Plans Due

June 19 Mentor Webinar

June 22-24 State's Caucus for State Mentoring Partnerships

June 24 ICVS Commission Meeting

June 26 NE Iowa Regional Meeting
 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 
Bank of the West
Grants for financial education
programs and after-school tutoring
and mentoring programs for
underserved youth.
Applications accepted: On-going

Community Foundations
Iowa Community Foundations are nonprofits established to help donors meet local community needs. Foundations serve every county in Iowa. Find the foundation that serves your area here.


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GOVERNOR'S VOLUNTEER
AWARDS

 

Several mentoring programs nominated mentors for the Governor's Volunteer Awards. Ceremonies will be held at six locations across the state in June. Provider Board members who have served two terms, Barb Biersner and Jerry Drake, will also be receiving awards. Congratulations to all our great Iowa volunteers. Read more about the awards here.
 

MENTORING IN IOWA

SNAPSHOT

from Quarter 3 reports
 

8132

Youth in certified programs who had a mentor during January-March 2014
 

1673

Youth waiting for a mentor in certified programs
 
 
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TRAINING


Positive Youth Development and Mentoring: Putting Assets Into Practice
Thursday, June 19, noon

Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series
Jim Conway, veteran youth worker and trainer at the Search Institute, will share background on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets framework.

 
Sticky Situations-
What to do if?

Thursday, June 26 10 a.m.-Noon
Helping Services,  9 South Main Street, Fayette. 
Attendees are welcome to join the group via Skype or in person.  Contact Kathy Schwartzhoff, kathys@helpingservices.org or 563-387-1720 for more information.

WEBSITE

​We hope to roll out the IMP's redesigned website this summer.
If you have any great photos to highlight mentoring that you would allow us to use, please send them to mentor@iowa.gov.
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