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IMP Fall Conference
Monday, October 3
Great educational sessions and professional networking at no charge to your program.
More info and registration here.
Registration deadline: Sept 21.

Volunteer Management Training Series
As you know, the key to any great volunteer experience that will impact our goals is being sure the necessary infrastructure is in place to support volunteers.  One tool for building the nonprofit capacity for effective volunteering is providing volunteer management education.  
On September 14, 2016  we will be begin a statewide live webinar-based volunteer management training series
More info

Background Checks
Understand what information you are getting with various background checks and best practices for utilizing them in a screening process.
IMP Peer Share Call
Sept 8, 2 pm

National Mentoring Program Survey 2016

We have an 89% completion rate for our programs. A huge thank you for taking the time to contribute your program information. Congratulations to our prize winners: Heart of Iowa BBBS ($500) and Clinton Study Connections ($250).
We will be getting state information in the next month or so and will be able to share that data. IT'S NOT TOO LATE to complete the survey. Please help us reach 100% and complete the survey now!


Attendance Awareness Month

Have a voice in a public dialogue about academic achievement led by influential education and youth development stakeholders during Attendance Awareness Month.

Studies of formal mentoring programs have shown:
  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52 percent less likely than their peers to skip a day of school.
  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 37 percent less likely than their peers to skip a class.
  • Students at-risk for not graduating were 36 percent more likely to aspire to enroll in and graduate from college if they had a mentor.
  • Youth who had a mentor growing up are 55 percent more likely to later be enrolled in college.
More information on how to participate here.



“I have someone to talk to, get advice from, just listen to me. Supported me when I made decisions to try new things,” says mentee Daniel Morren, matched with Tom Cameron in February of 2012 after both expressed interest in photography. Tom, a photographer, was looking for volunteer opportunities and upon meeting a fellow photographer through Mentor Advantage Program at Community Youth Concepts in Des Moines, decided “that it would be great to learn together.” His open heart and mind provided a perfect foundation for a lasting friendship.

As a foster child living with a new family who had just moved from Canada with four other young children, Daniel was having trouble adjusting. Past experiences with unreliable families left him feeling unwanted and unwilling to believe that his new mentor would stick around, either.  Hoping to help Daniel see the good in adults, Tom stated that he would be in Daniel’s life as long as the mentee would allow.

Read the rest of this story here.


Summit 2017 Registration Now Open
Early bird rates for the 2017 National Mentoring Summit will be in effect until Monday, October 3. Register now! Through the Summit Fellowship Program, MENTOR will be offering a limited number of scholarships to mentoring practitioners who are making a deep impact in the field, but are unable attend due to financial barriers.   Building Relationships, Advancing the Movement



Sept 8   IMP Peer Share Call: Background Checks

Sept 11  National Day of Service and Remembrance


September 15th  Introduction to the Measurement Toolkit for Mentoring Programs, Noon REGISTER

OCTOBER 3 IMP Fall Conference, Des Moines



Three Keys to Enhancing the Mentoring Relationship

This study seeks to understand how youth feel connected to important adults in their lives, what facilitates this connection, the different perspectives of youth on these relationships, and areas for improvement in facilitating connection in programs and interventions




Do you know a coach making an impact through mentoring? Nominate them to be a part of the Coaches Mentoring Challenge where they'll receive national recognition! This year, the campaign is open to coaches of all levels and nominations are accepted year-round.

Learn how other mentoring programs have utilized the coaches challenge marketing campaign to recruit mentors, build collaborations, and create awareness for their programs by listening to the recording of the IMP Peer Share Call

For more ideas utilize the playbook to capitalize on this campaign.


Iowa Department of Education Logo21st Century Community Learning Centers

This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funding will be released for a new round of competition in September 2016.
For more information on 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding, visit the
Iowa Department of Education website.

Increased Graduation Rates

The Voya Foundation supports nonprofit organizations addressing a variety of community needs and resources. One of the foundation's giving priorities is Children’s/Youth Education, supporting programs designed to ensure that American youth graduate high school on time and are ready for 21st century jobs.
All funding requests must be submitted online; the foundation does not accept hardcopy or mailed proposals. Grants are awarded at $2,500 and above.
Find out more about this opportunity online.


This year, American Graduate Day ( will take place on September 17, 2016, in the format of a live 4 hour broadcast airing on public television. American Graduate’s (AG) single call to action this year isBecome an American Graduate Champion. Be a Mentor,” the AG website will be featuring the Mentoring Connector!

We expect this to prompt a significant number of referrals to the Mentoring Connector. Register your program here and please review new submissions within two days of receiving notification.
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